Lakewood Mayor Ray Coles responds to your ‘Ask The Mayor’ questions: Helmet Laws

The following is an ‘Ask The Mayor’ question submitted to TLS, and the Mayor’s response. Email your questions for the Mayor to [email protected].


I thought helmets were a law. I see a lot of kids on bikes and motor bikes and scooters. Any chance you could enforce this.

Response from Mayor Coles:

Our officers are always on the lookout for safety issues. Rafter than negative enforcement, they have a program where they give certificates for a free ice cream when they spot children wearing helmets. When these are not available, there is always an encouraging word to get the message across.

We have had programs where the township gives away bicycle helmets to children who need them.

At the end of the day it is up to us, the parents and grandparents of the children, who are out on the streets. Please make sure your children are wearing helmets whether they are on a bicycle or scooter. They save lives.



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  1. if a child would be stopped a police officer even if the situation is scary that child will always where a helmet after that saving lives is more important than PR for the police department

  2. I wonder if yeshivos can help enforce the helmet rule by only allowing those with helmets to bike.
    That was the rule in the yeshiva my brother attended in Brooklyn.
    Also, there is a very cool hat knapsack which is a bar Mitzva essential, as without that, most boys will opt to wear their hat to transport it to davening.

  3. Per Law anyone under the age of 17 in NJ must wear a helmet.
    The responsibility does not solely lay with the parents and grandparents. It is shared by those who enforce the laws and keep us safe by doing so.
    We love our LPD!!!

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