The parents of skiers and snowboarders under 18 may get fined when they don't wear a helmet if Gov. Jerry Brown signs new legislation into law.
The California State legislature passed on Monday SB 105 that would allow local authorities to fine parents of kids skiing or riding without a helmet an amount no more than $25. The law further requires resorts to post descriptions of the law on their slopes, websites and trail maps.
The legislation was introduced and sponsored by Democratic Sen. Leland Yee of San Francisco, in an effort to reduce head injuries at ski resorts.
"When you have thousands of accidents where there are brain injuries of some sort," Yee said, "nearly half of those injuries could have been prevented if the youngsters wore a helmet.
Former Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger vetoed a similar bill last year because it was it tied to ski resort safety legislation that would have imposed additional regulations on resorts.
The country’s first ski helmet law was enacted in New Jersey earlier this year.