The helmet laws

Helmets, one of the safety equipments that everyone must have, especially when riding a motorcycle. People who driving cars in public roads are not required of wearing helmets, but for those who drive racing car in circuit, definitely helm is very must. Even in any of bicycle or in-line skate tournaments, the contestants must have and must wear the helmets.

Okay, I am writing this post is kinda outside of my blog topic, though it is an important point that everyone must remember and obey.

Helmets, they are specially made by custom of usage, whether people wear them in public roads or in the circuit, that every motorcyclist must wear. Standard helmets are for those who ride in public road usually are simpler than the helmets worn by the racers, but the main reason is that to protect our head from being serious injury when we suffer from any accidents. Since the function became vital, it has been enacted under law and regulations, which every countries and states has their own jurisdictions.

The industry helmet standards were started in 1970, and became commercially successful in 1975.

By 1991, after widespread well-resourced campaigns, the use of helmets had attained near-universal support in the United States. A wide variety of official and professional bodies in the English-speaking world now support compulsory use of helmets. A 2009 poll of U.S. adults found that 86% supported helmet laws for children. Support has spread elsewhere; Safe Kids Worldwide, which has received financial support from equipment suppliers including helmet manufacturer Bell Sports, was founded in 1987 and is currently active in a total of 17 countries. Australia, Canada, the Czech Republic, Finland, Iceland, New Zealand, Sweden, and the United States have bicycle helmet laws, in at least one jurisdiction, for either minors only, or for all riders. Spain requires helmets to be worn while cycling along public roads outside population centers, except for riders with a medical exemption or during extremely hot days.

Helmet laws are not universal in the United States; most U.S. states and municipalities have no laws or regulations regarding helmet use. In the U.S. 21 states and the District of Columbia have statewide mandatory helmet laws for children. 29 US states have no statewide law, and 13 of these states have no such laws in any lower-level jurisdiction either.

Okay, here are the helmet law statutes by states.

  1. 100% free of helmet law (2) : Illinois and Iowa
  2. Mandatory helmet law (19): Alabama, California, Georgia, Louisiana, Maryland, Massachusetts, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia
  3. Partially free of helmet law (27)
  • 18 and under: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Connecticut, Hawaii, Idaho, Indiana, Kansas, Maine, Minnesota, Montana, New Hampshire, New Mexico, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Utah, Wisconsin, Wyoming
  • 19 and under: Delaware
  • 21 and under: Arkansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas
  • 21 and over: Florida, Michigan

Resources:

Wikipedia, Bikersrights


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