I don't feel like reading through this entire thread, but I think this is a much less complicated issue than everyone seems to be making it
On the most basic level, this is about the infringement of rights versus what most people on this forum would agree is a smart law. The problem lies in the fact that there is more to it than just black and white. I think everyone would agree, whether they wear a helmet or not, that wearing a helmet is a smarter decision than not wearing one. You all seem to have a problem with your rights being infringed upon, which is fine - but aren't there bigger issues to complain about than a state making it mandatory to wear a helmet under a certain age? I think it makes perfect sense - these kids are minors, are often dropped off by their parents, and are given the option to not wear their helmet, even if they have one. As a teenager, looking cool takes priority over safety or function, and their maturity isn't at the level where they can make an intelligent decision concerning their own safety.
When I was a teenager, I was a dumb asshole, and I did alot of things that could've left me seriously injured - I was lucky, but many people aren't, and if forcing kids to wear a helmet while snowboarding because they're too stupid to understand that they should be wearing one anyway is the only way to protect them, then I don't see anything wrong with it. As minors, their freedoms are limited anyway - they can't vote, drive, buy cigarettes, drink, look at porn, buy a lottery ticket, get married, etc...so who gives a shit if they have to wear a helmet? It's for their own good.
You're all acting as if the mean old government is coming to each and every house and supergluing a helmet to your head. If you're an adult, then this rule doesn't even apply to you. And if you're a teenager, wear your helmet so you're not a braindead moron before you're old enough to decide if you want to wear a helmet or not.
Didn't New Jersey make it a law that makes you put down the safety lap bars on chairlifts? Sounds like more of the same over regulation by NJ. They are making safety rules that sound good but there has been no real demonstrated need for them. IDK about New Jersey but I think most deaths that occurred in Colorado this season involved people that were already wearing helmets, sustained injuries that a helmet wouldn't of helped prevent, or died an avalanche or snow related death.
All it takes it one person man. If forcing every kid to wear a helmet saves one kid's life, then it's worth it. Liam Neeson's wife hit her head, and 4 hours later she was dead... I didn't wear a helmet for awhile riding, and I hit my head..and it took that one hit to make me realize id rather wear a helmet every time just in case i fall that ONE time.