Civic and Recreational Laws
Bike Helmet Law
Anyone under 12 years of age must wear a helmet when riding a bicycle. Any child in a seat or being towed by the bicycle must also wear a helmet. The first violation of this law will be dismissed if the person produces proof that a helmet has been purchased.
No bicycle may be used to carry more people than for which the bicycle is designed and equipped, except in cases where a child carrier has been safely and securely attached to an adult bicycle.
All dogs must be under control at all times by their owners or handlers when off personal property. It is recommended that you control your dog by a leash, but it is not required by law. Because dogs are considered personal property, the owner is responsible for any damage the dog does.
All dogs three months or older must be licensed in the county in which they reside. The application fee for an annual license is $7.
Registering to Vote
A teenager can register to vote in the next election if he/she meets the following qualifications:
o He or she will be 18 by the time of the next election
o He or she must have been a citizen of the U.S. for at least one month and have lived in the state in which he or she is voting for at least
o He or she also must not have been convicted of a felony and imprisoned within the last five years.
To register to vote in person, individuals can apply at the motor vehicle licensing office and many government agency offices. Individuals also can register to vote through a mail-in voter registration application.
When a voter arrives at his or her assigned voting place, that person will have to show proof of identification. This includes a driver's license, U.S. passport or student ID.