A new Indiana law taking effect this summer will require all children under age 18 to wear a helmet while riding or operating an off-road vehicle.

The measure signed into law last week by Gov. Eric Holcomb takes effect July 1.

The new law means owners of off-road vehicles who allow children to ride the machines on public or private land without wearing a helmet that meets federal safety standards could face a Class C infraction and up to a $500 penalty.

The new law will also mean changes at the Redbird and Interlake state recreation areas. Both of those state-owned southern Indiana sites operate off-road-riding properties.

Visitors to both properties will have to bring approved helmets for any children who want to ride ATVS there, or face expulsion.

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