04/01/2013 06:03 EDT | Updated 06/01/2013 05:12 EDT

Teenaged Manitoba cyclists will have to wear helmets starting May 1

WINNIPEG - Manitoba's helmet law for young cyclists will take effect May 1.

The law, passed by the legislature last year, will require people under 18 to wear helmets while riding a bicycle or risk a $50 fine.

Kids under 14, however, are exempt from the fine, as are teens who don't wear helmets for religious reasons.

First-time offenders can also avoid the fine by taking an online safety quiz.

Doctors Manitoba, the provincial medical association, has long pushed for a law that would require adults to wear helmets as well.

The group says helmets for all cyclists would reduce the number of severe head injuries suffered every year.

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