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8-1598. Operation of motorcycles; equipment required for operators and riders. (a) No person under the age of 18 years shall operate or ride upon a motorcycle or a motorized bicycle, unless wearing a helmet which complies with minimum guidelines established by the national highway traffic safety administration pursuant to the national traffic and motor vehicle safety act of 1966 for helmets designed for use by motorcyclists and other motor vehicle users.

(b) No person shall allow or permit any person under the age of 18 years to: (1) Operate a motorcycle or motorized bicycle or to ride as a passenger upon a motorcycle or motorized bicycle without being in compliance with the provisions of subsection (a); or (2) operate a motorcycle or to ride as a passenger upon a motorcycle without being in compliance with the provisions of subsection (c).

(c) (1) No person shall operate a motorcycle unless such person is wearing an eye-protective device which shall consist of protective glasses, goggles or transparent face shields which are shatter proof and impact resistant, except when the motorcycle is equipped with a windscreen which has a minimum height of 10 inches measured from the center of the handlebars.

(2) No person under the age of 18 years shall ride as a passenger on a motorcycle unless such person is wearing an eye-protective device which shall consist of protective glasses, goggles or transparent face shields which are shatter proof and impact resistant.

(d) This section shall not apply to persons riding within an enclosed cab, an autocycle or on a golf cart, nor shall it apply to any person operating or riding any industrial or cargo-type vehicle having three wheels and commonly known as a truckster.

History: L. 1974, ch. 33, § 8-1598; L. 1975, ch. 427, § 30; L. 1976, ch. 51, § 1; L. 1979, ch. 41, § 1; L. 1982, ch. 36, § 1; L. 1997, ch. 80, § 2; L. 2010, ch. 151, § 3; L. 2015, ch. 48, § 4; May 14.

Source or prior law:

8-577k.

Attorney General's Opinions:

Application of motor vehicle laws to all-terrain vehicles (ATV's); definitions; registration. 94-102.

"Motor scooters" required to be registered, operators to have driver's license. 2001-39.


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