Racing Commission Proposes To Amend Rules Pertaining To Safety Standards

                               Trenton, NJ (CompNewsNetwork) - The New Jersey Racing Commission is proposing amendments to N.J.A.C. 13:70-8.18 that would update safety standards regarding jockey's helmets and safety vests. The existing standards are outdated and need to be changed to provide the enhanced protection offered by newer safety equipment. The existing rule requires that a safety vest weigh no more than two pounds and be designed to provide shock-absorbing protection to the upper body of at least a rating of British Equestrian Trade Association (BETA) 5. The rule was last amended in 1994 to include the BETA 5 standard, which offered the highest protection at the time.

Since then major improvements have been made to safety vests, and the proposed amendment will require use of vests by jockeys, exercise riders, pony people and outriders that meet newer standards. Likewise, the proposed amendment sets forth specific safety helmet standards that must be met by racing industry participants.

Summary of Proposal:
A complete summary of the proposed rule amendment is posted on the New Jersey Racing Commission Web site at:

Public Comment:
Public comment on the proposed rule will be accepted until January 14, 2011. Please direct all comments to:

Frank Zanzuccki, Executive Director
New Jersey Racing Commission
P.O. Box 088
140 East Front Street
Trenton, New Jersey 08625

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