all riders

17 and younger
1

17 and younger

20 and younger

all riders

17 and younger and
passengers 17 and younger

17 and younger

18 and younger

all riders

20 and younger  
2

all riders

17 and younger

17 and younger

no law

17 and younger

no law

17 and younger

20 and younger
 3

all riders

17 and younger
 4

all riders

all riders

20 and younger  
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17 and younger  5

all riders

all riders

17 and younger

all riders

all riders

no law

all riders

17 and younger

all riders

all riders

17 and younger
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17 and younger

all riders

20 and younger  
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20 and younger  9

20 and younger

17 and younger

all riders

20 and younger
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17 and younger

all riders

all riders

all riders

all riders

17 and younger  
11

17 and younger
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LIMITED LAWS IN DETAIL

1  Alaska's motorcycle helmet use law covers
passengers of all ages, operators younger than 18,
and operators with instructional permits.

2  In Florida, the law requires that all riders
younger than 21 years wear helmets, without
exception. Those 21 years and older may ride
without helmets only if they can show proof that
they are covered by a medical insurance policy.

3  In Kentucky, the law requires that all riders
younger than 21 years wear helmets, without
exception. Those 21 years and older may ride
without helmets only if they can show proof that
they are covered by a medical insurance policy.
Motorcycle helmet laws in Kentucky also cover
operators with instructional/learner's permits.

4  Motorcycle helmet laws in Maine cover
operators with instructional/learner's permits.
Maine's motorcycle helmet use law also covers
passengers 17 years and younger and passengers
if their operators are required to wear a helmet.

5  Motorcycle helmet laws in Minnesota cover
operators with instructional/learner's permits.

6  North Dakota's motorcycle helmet use law
covers all passengers traveling with operators who
are covered by the law.

7  Ohio's motorcycle helmet use law covers all
operators during the first year of licensure and all
passengers of operators who are covered by the
law.

8  Pennsylvania's motorcycle helmet use law
covers all operators during the first two years of
licensure unless the operator has completed the
safety course approved by PennDOT or the
Motorcycle Safety Foundation.

9  Rhode Island's motorcycle helmet use law
covers all passengers (regardless of age) and all
operators during the first year of licensure
(regardless of age).

10  Texas exempts riders 21 years or older if they
can either show proof of successfully completing
a motorcycle operator training and safety course
or can show proof of having a medical insurance
policy. A peace officer may not stop or detain a
person who is the operator of or a passenger on a
motorcycle for the sole purpose of determining
whether the person has successfully completed
the motorcycle operator training and safety course
or is covered by a health insurance plan.

11  Motorcycle helmet laws in Wisconsin cover
operators with instructional/learner's permits.

12   MICHIGAN:
Carry at least $20,000 in additional medical
insurance.
Be at least 21 years ol age.·
Have at least two years of riding experience or
undergo special safety training.
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Before you head off on a road trip on your motorcycle be sure to check
the status of the helmet laws for the states you will be traveling
through.  21 states have all rider helmet laws.   Be prepared!
When you select a motorcycle helmet it is very
important to get the proper size.  If your helmet
does not fit properly it can become more of a
distraction than a safety device.
 

TIP:
If you know you have a properly fitted helmet, but
still do not feel comfortable while riding, you
might try a little tip...If you have a little visor in the
front of your helmet, try removing this and see if
your helmet 'rides' any better.  

Helmets are available in a wide range of designs
and styles to fit every rider, so if you always wear
a helmet or only wear a helmet when required by
law, everyone should be able to own a helmet
that feels like it belongs on the ride and not just
an unwanted passenger.

Ride Safe!
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