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(1) A child under twelve (12) years of age shall not operate a Self-Propelled Mobility Device unless:
(a) The child is wearing a pedalcycle helmet that meets the requirements of Section 3510 of the Pennsylvania Vehicle Code, the Act of July 19, 1991, P.L. 88, as amended, 75 Pa. C.S. § 3510 (relating to pedalcycle helmets for certain persons); and
(b) The child is wearing protective knee pads, elbow pads and wrist guards.
(2) Subsection (1)(a) (helmet requirement) shall not apply to any child under twelve (12) years of age who can produce a statement from the family's church or other religious authority, attesting that it is against the tenets of the family's religion to wear a helmet.