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Ridgeland and Hernando approve bike helmet law

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RIDGELAND, MS (AP) - New ordinances in the cities of Ridgeland and Hernando require bicycle riders to wear helmets or face a fine.

Officials in both cities approved ordinances Tuesday. Tupelo, Starkville and Madison are among other cities discussing similar laws.

People in Ridgeland must wear a helmet while riding bicycles, tricycles, unicycles and similar vehicles. The Ridgeland ordinance allows fines of not less than $25 for the first offense and more than $75 for subsequent offenses.

Parents and legal custodians of children under age 16 would be responsible for the citation.

Tupelo city planner Renee Autumn Ray says officials there will likely vote on a bicycle helmet ordinance in two weeks.

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