Sec. 10-51. Requirement of safety equipment for mopeds.
(a) Any person who operates a moped as defined in this chapter on a public street or highway shall wear a face shield, safety glasses, or goggles of a type approved by the superintendent of the Virginia State Police, or have the moped equipped with safety glass or a windshield at all times while operating such moped, and operators and passengers thereon, if any, shall wear a protective helmet of a type approved by the superintendent of the Virginia State Police.
(b) Any person who knowingly violates this section shall be guilty of a traffic infraction and be subject to a fine of not more than fifty dollars ($50.00). For any violation of this section a court hearing is not required and the person charged with such violation may enter a written appearance, waiver of court hearing, plea of guilty and pay the fines and costs.
(c) A violation of this section shall not constitute negligence, be considered in mitigation of damages of whatever nature, be admissible in evidence or be the subject of comment by counsel in any action for the recovery of damages arising out of the operation, ownership, or maintenance of a moped, nor shall anything in this section change any existing law, rule, or procedure pertaining to any civil action. (Ord. No. O-99-225, 10-12-99, eff. 1-1-00; Ord. No. O-04-022, 02-24-04)
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