Florida Governor Charlie Crist has signed a bill that mandates the use of protective helmets by young equestrians when riding on public property or roads.
The law applies to children age 16 and younger who are:
- Riding on a public roadway or right-of-way;
- Riding on a public equestrian trail, public equestrian trail, public park, public preserve, or public school site:
- Riding on any other publicly owned or controlled property.
It does not apply to children under age 16 who are riding while:
- Practicing for, riding to or from, or competing or performing in, shows or events such as rodeos and parades where helmets are not historically a part of the or event;
- Riding on privately owned land even if the land is occasionally separated by a public road or right-of-way that must be crossed;
- Engaged in an agricultural practice or pursuit.
The legislation, known as Nicole’s Law, is named after Nicole Hornstein, a 12 year-old girl from Loxahatchee who died in 2006 after falling from a horse. Nicole’s parents and two sisters attended yesterday’s bill signing ceremony at Hamlin Park in Loxahatchee.
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