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US Helmet Laws by State

Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:03 am
by Big John 13
Alabama all riders :angry-banghead:
Alaska 17 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
Arizona 17 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
Arkansas 20 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
California all riders riders :angry-banghead:
Colorado no helmet use laws :mrgreen:
Connecticut 17 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
Delaware 18 yrs. and younger riders :confusion-shrug:
District of Columbia all riders :angry-banghead:
Florida 20 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
Georgia all riders :angry-banghead:
Hawaii 17 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
Idaho 17 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
Illinois no helmet use laws :mrgreen:
Indiana 17 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
Iowa no helmet use laws :mrgreen:
Kansas 17 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
Kentucky 20 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
Louisiana all riders :angry-banghead:
Maine 14 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
Maryland all riders riders :angry-banghead:
Massachusetts all riders :angry-banghead:
Michigan all riders :angry-banghead:
Minnesota 17 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
Mississippi all riders :angry-banghead:
Missouri all riders :angry-banghead:
Montana 17 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
Nebraska all riders :angry-banghead:
Nevada all riders :angry-banghead:
New Hampshire 17 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
New Jersey all riders :angry-banghead:
New Mexico 17 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
New York all riders :angry-banghead:
North Carolina all riders :angry-banghead:
North Dakota 17 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
Ohio 17 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
Oklahoma 17 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
Oregon all riders :angry-banghead:
Pennsylvania 20 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
Rhode Island 20 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
South Carolina 20 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
South Dakota 17 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
Tennessee all riders :angry-banghead:
Texas 20 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
Utah 17 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
Vermont all riders :angry-banghead:
Virginia all riders :angry-banghead:
Washington all riders :angry-banghead:
West Virginia all riders :angry-banghead:
Wisconsin 17 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:
Wyoming 18 yrs. and younger :confusion-shrug:

Re: US Helmet Laws by State

Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 9:59 am
by sleepyonthree
:mrgreen: = Go for it. Enjoy your life.

:confusion-shrug: = Mother Hen till your out of our imaginary nest.

:angry-banghead: = Your total incompetents, the STATE Knows whats best for you and will shove its will down your throat(u.y.a) to prove it.

Re: US Helmet Laws by State

Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 1:15 pm
by Bikesandfires
RANT ALERT!!: Ignore as needed....
I hate to be told what to do as much as the next person, but as a firefighter and EMT, I'v seen what the lack of a helmet can do...its not a pretty sight. I wear a lid when I ride, every time...My brains aren't what they used to be, but I'm kinda attached to 'em. That said, I don't really care what my friends, or anyone else thinks about theirs, or how they treat them. Well...I DO care about friends...just not enough to nag them about their choices. If you get killed in an accident, I suppose it only hurts physically for a very few seconds. Friends an dfamily will have a heartache that lasts longer, but hopefully eases over time. What I worry most about is someones brains getting scrambled and causeing family members a lifetime of suffering, and financial ruin caring for your stupid drooling ass.

Never doubt the power of lobbiests tho. If you want ot change the law in either direction, go thru the proper channels and geterdone. Ky legislators, in their infinate wisdom, relaxed our helmet laws the very same year they decreed that we all must wear our seatbelts when driving. WTF???

Re: US Helmet Laws by State

Posted: Wed Nov 16, 2011 2:19 pm
by sleepyonthree
Bikesandfires wrote:RANT ALERT!!: Ignore as needed....
I hate to be told what to do as much as the next person, but as a firefighter and EMT, I'v seen what the lack of a helmet can do...its not a pretty sight. I wear a lid when I ride, every time...My brains aren't what they used to be, but I'm kinda attached to 'em. That said, I don't really care what my friends, or anyone else thinks about theirs, or how they treat them. Well...I DO care about friends...just not enough to nag them about their choices. If you get killed in an accident, I suppose it only hurts physically for a very few seconds. Friends an dfamily will have a heartache that lasts longer, but hopefully eases over time. What I worry most about is someones brains getting scrambled and causeing family members a lifetime of suffering, and financial ruin caring for your stupid drooling ass.

Never doubt the power of lobbiests tho. If you want ot change the law in either direction, go thru the proper channels and geterdone. Ky legislators, in their infinate wisdom, relaxed our helmet laws the very same year they decreed that we all must wear our seatbelts when driving. WTF???
No argument on my part, I tend to play devils advocate, Carryover habit from my work requirements. :D Wear a lid myself and got a couple with gouges and road rash I prefer there and not in my skull. Following said lobbying and ear bending Florida awhile back relaxed the lid laws but didn't do much about the medical requirements for insurance. I find it curious that a lot of head injuries are cage drivers (personal observation, no stats) who had a run in with the C-pillar so the argument that only motorcyclists need helmets is a little lopsided. Just think of the photo ops as our glorious leaders exit their carriages with custom airbrushed helmets. :lol:

Re: US Helmet Laws by State

Posted: Wed Nov 23, 2011 1:54 pm
by msn1977
Colorado is not exactly correct.
42-4-1502. Riding on motorcycles - protective helmet.

(4.5) (a) A PERSON UNDER EIGHTEEN YEARS OF AGE MAY NOT OPERATE OR BE A PASSENGER ON A MOTORCYCLE ON A HIGHWAY IN THIS STATE UNLESS:
(I) THE PERSON IS WEARING A PROTECTIVE HELMET OF A TYPE AND DESIGN MANUFACTURED FOR USE BY OPERATORS OF MOTORCYCLES;
(II) THE PROTECTIVE HELMET CONFORMS TO THE DESIGN AND SPECIFICATIONS SET FORTH IN PARAGRAPH (b) OF THIS SUBSECTION (4.5); AND
(III) THE PROTECTIVE HELMET IS SECURED PROPERLY ON THE PERSON'S HEAD WITH A CHIN STRAP WHILE THE MOTORCYCLE IS IN MOTION.

Re: US Helmet Laws by State

Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 12:34 am
by railroad bob
I haven't been able to check this, but years ago in Alaska, all passengers were required to wear lids.
I looked on the state website, but it was not clear (surprise, surprise)

Re: US Helmet Laws by State

Posted: Tue Nov 29, 2011 8:47 am
by Maxthegardener
Blimey thats old news over here in Britain....These days the European Parliament have more pressing matters too offend us with....its nice to see that at least in some states, the authorities still trust you to make your own mind up....

below is a snippet of whats happening here...


◦The Anti tampering Regulation: Specifically Article 18 which wants to stop all modifications to complete power train, from airbox to controlling the rear tyre profile.
◦Compulsory ABS. If we can't stop this, we must get a switch so that we have an option in difficult conditions where ABS doesn't function well.
◦Automatic headlights on- passing the blame for poor observation on to us.
◦OBD. On Board Diagnostics so that easy roadside checks can be made of our emissions and so that constant readouts of engine performance can be obtained. Expensive, complicated and with the threat, rather like a tacho, of identifying past riding style...
◦RMI. Repair and Maintenance Information. Rather than keeping it hidden and available for huge expense, there is a chance that manufacturers will be forced to provide ECU codes etc for a fee. What that fee is remains to be seen.
◦The very worrying article 52: "If systems, components or seperate technical units on a list in a delegated act to this regulation, have a dual use, for vehicles intended exclusively for racing on roads and for vehicles intended for use on public roads, they may not be sold or offered for sale to consumers" So if your K&N filter can fit a CBR race bike and a CBR road bike, the best way to police that, is to make it illegal to sell the filter in Europe.The Delegated Acts are the most scary thing, as they are the lists and details drawn up by the unelected and we won't get to see what they are including until after the Regulation has been passed!
◦In solidarity with the French we need to be drawing attention to their recent government proposal to ban all bikes over 7 years old from an urban area and to make the wearing of day-glo/ reflective clothing compulsory.
◦Full sleeve day-glo clothing for riders and passengers has been proposed in the Irish Parliament too.
◦All these issues lead to the same thing, that we must take the blame for the incompetence of other road users. And while the emergency stop has been removed as a compulsory element of the UK car driving test, we are jumping through hoops with ill-judged UK interpretations of EU licencing directives.
◦Another EU licencing Directive is on its way (3DLD) to step the bike licencing system still further and the DfT and DSA still haven't sorted the consultation process, even though it is meant to be in law by now and enacted January 2013.



For centuries these fxxkin eurocrats have been after our fair land, couldn't take it by force ...so they do it now politically slowley and surely.....................this is just one of the ludicruos crap which comes from being part of Europe....Do you lads fancy helpin us out again..quick stomp in Brussells....would be fun

Re: US Helmet Laws by State

Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 5:24 am
by railroad bob
would love to come over for a little shindig.
Interesting article in the NRA magazine, about the restrictive gun laws there.
Written by a British expat (legal immigrant)

Re: US Helmet Laws by State

Posted: Thu Dec 01, 2011 7:49 am
by Maxthegardener
railroad bob wrote:would love to come over for a little shindig.
Interesting article in the NRA magazine, about the restrictive gun laws there.
Written by a British expat (legal immigrant)

very restrictive in Britain, Europe as a whole, seem to be a little less difficult especially in the east


just bring your Day-glo Jacket :lol:

Re: US Helmet Laws by State

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 3:30 am
by railroad bob
What, no Camo?!?!?!

I like to blend in, I guess cowboy boots are outta the question? What about my stetson?

Re: US Helmet Laws by State

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 9:31 am
by Maxthegardener
lol...

Come as you are :lol:

Re: US Helmet Laws by State

Posted: Fri Dec 02, 2011 5:20 pm
by railroad bob
Max, you slay me man... :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling: :laughing-rolling:

I have a small poster of Freewheelin on my bedroom wall with the phrase,
"Pot will get you through times of no money better than money will get you through times of no pot."

Years ago I used to buy the underground comics of the Freak Brothers.
What a riot.
Thanks for bringing up some old memories.

I guess we have completely :text-threadjacked:

Re: US Helmet Laws by State

Posted: Fri Jan 27, 2012 7:05 pm
by Dan.in.Can
Your lucky if if you live somewhere that allows you to make your own choices. Here in Canada we have helmet laws country wide as far as i know, as well as seatbelt laws. I heard about some group in Ontario, trying to get a law passed that you have to wear a lifejacket at all times on any boat under 25ft. What gives anyone the right to make personal decisions for a private citizen in a free country? nothing should.

almost everyone i talk to think that helmet laws make sense :angry-banghead:

Re: US Helmet Laws by State

Posted: Sun Jan 29, 2012 1:57 am
by railroad bob
Dan.in.Can wrote:Your lucky if if you live somewhere that allows you to make your own choices. Here in Canada we have helmet laws country wide as far as i know, as well as seatbelt laws. I heard about some group in Ontario, trying to get a law passed that you have to wear a lifejacket at all times on any boat under 25ft. What gives anyone the right to make personal decisions for a private citizen in a free country? nothing should.

almost everyone i talk to think that helmet laws make sense :angry-banghead:
Don't forget about the jerks who are chain smoking while demanding all motorcyclists wear a lid, because they owe it to society
to take care of themselves and not increase the insurance rates for "everyone else".

Re: US Helmet Laws by State

Posted: Mon Jan 30, 2012 7:09 pm
by Dan.in.Can
They should slap helmets on everyone in a convertable to even things out. just to make sure everyones safe lol