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Motorcycle Helmets

Discussion in 'Cop Talk' started by JuneyBooney, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. I was curious and maybe some of you guys have an answer. In Pennsylvania you don't have to wear a motorcycle helmet if you are an adult. So I see lots of riders without helmets on nice days. But I also see them riding in Maryland to West Virginia and Virginia on the I81 corridor without the helmets. I know Maryland used to not have a "bucket law" and some Western States also are the same as Pa. But does your state give tickets to out of state riders without helmets? I can't find this on a search of applicable helmet laws that are enforced? Of course now in the winter most riders wear helmets. :cool:
  2. wrenrj1


    May 22, 2002
    Nebraska-Yes. Everyone must abide by state law, even tourists...

  3. That is interesting. I am curious as to what the other guys say and the enforcement in their states. Thanks
  4. DaBigBR

    DaBigBR No Infidels!

    Oct 28, 2005
    Circling the wagons.
    We don't have a helmet law, but doubt I would be giving a free pass to somebody just because their state didn't require a helmet.
  5. AA#5


    Nov 26, 2008
    That means in Pennsylvania, there are more organs available for transplant.
  6. FL - A helmet is required for riders and passengers under age 21. Age 21 and up a helmet is optional if you can show a minimum of $10k in medical insurance coverage. I have a 2012 Harley Road Glide that is my daily driver for the most part, I wear my helmet (half-shell) every time I mount up, even just quick trips to the store. I have seen the head injuries from low speed impacts and falls. They make sense.
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2011
  7. New York State VTL:

    S 381. Motorcycle equipment:

    6. It shall be unlawful for any person to operate or ride upon a
    motorcycle unless he wears a protective helmet of a type which meets the
    requirements set forth in section 571.218 of the federal motor vehicle
    safety standards as may from time to time be amended. The commissioner
    is hereby authorized and directed to adopt regulations for helmets which
    are consistent with the requirements as specified in section 571.218 of
    the federal motor vehicle safety standards as may from time to time be
    amended. The police authorities of a city, town or village may issue a
    permit exempting members of organizations sponsoring or conducting
    parades or other public exhibitions from the provisions of this subdivi-
    sion while such members are participating in such parades or other
    public exhibitions.

    New Jersey Title 39:

    39:3-76.7. Protective helmets
    6. a. No person shall operate or ride upon a motorcycle unless he wears a securely fitted protective helmet of a size proper for that person and of a type approved by the director. Such a helmet must be equipped with either a neck or chin strap and be reflectorized on both sides thereof. The director is authorized and empowered to adopt rules and regulations covering the types of helmets and the specifications therefor and to establish and maintain a list of approved helmets which meet the specifications as established hereunder. For the purposes of this section, motorcycle shall not include any three-wheeled motor vehicle equipped with a single cab with glazing enclosing the occupant, seats similar to those of a passenger vehicle or truck, seat belts and automotive steering.

    b. The director shall not assess motor vehicle points for the failure of a motorcycle operator or rider to wear a protective helmet.

    Hopes this helps....:wavey:... I often see motorcyclists traveling on I-84 between PA and NYS stopping on the PA side to put on their helmets
  8. DustyJacket

    DustyJacket Directiv 10-289

    Oct 16, 2008
    Missouri, East of KC
    In MO they are required, but in OK and KS they are not.

    People coming in from those states have to stop at the state line and done helmets or risk a huge $5 ticket.
  9. steveksux

    steveksux Massive Member

    Jul 12, 2007
    My thought has always been if you don't think you need to protect your brain with a helmet, you're absolutely right.

  10. MedicOni


    Nov 19, 2008
    Central NM
    In NM, under eighteen means you are required to have a helmet on. And I've seen teenage riders from TX and AZ when I've been on trips get tickets for not only speeding, but when the officer realized the age, they were given tickets for no helmet as well.
  11. Ducowti


    Jan 11, 2009
    Lid law enforced here. CT, and of course as noted PA, does not, and I see guys all the time pull over at the state lines to either replace or remove their lids per their direction-of-travel-state's law. So at least around here they get it!
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2011
  12. wrenrj1


    May 22, 2002
    Never understood the under/over 18 argument (speaking to this topic) concerning a helmet. It's the same brain, just a day older once you turn 19.
  13. nikerret

    nikerret Mr. Awesome

    Mar 29, 2005
    Really? $5 is all?
  14. MedicOni


    Nov 19, 2008
    Central NM
    Here in NM from talking to a few officers the best I can come up with is that when you're 18 or over, you're an adult and can make all the stupid decisions you want.
    But when you're 17 or younger, the law basically looks at you that it has to try and protect you since you're still a 'child'
  15. ray9898


    May 29, 2001
    In GA you must wear a helmet, it does not matter what the law is in your home state.