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    Motorcycle Helmet Use in Michigan

    What the Law Says

    Michigan law now allows motorcyclists to decide for themselves, if certain conditions are met, whether or not to wear a helmet.

    To legally not wear a helmet, a motorcycle operator must:

    • Be at least 21 years old.
    • Have at least $20,000 in first-party medical benefits.
    • Have held a motorcycle endorsement for at least two years, or have passed an approved motorcycle safety course.

    The law also allows for motorcycle passengers to not wear a helmet. Passengers also may not wear a helmet as long as they:

    • Are at least 21 years old.
    • Have at least $20,000 in first-party medical benefits insurance in addition to the insurance that is required of the motorcycle operator.

    A person younger than 21 years old still must wear a helmet approved by the U.S. Department of Transportation when operating or riding on a motorcycle. The requirement that an individual younger than 19 years old must wear a helmet if operating a moped on a public roadway is unchanged.

    Learn More About Using a Helmet

    To read more about properly using a motorcycle helmet, please see the video linked to above or this informational article from the Motorcycle Safety Foundation, which recommends wearing an approved helmet as well as over-the-ankle footwear, long pants, a long-sleeved jacket and full-fingered motorcycle gloves.

    According to the article, "Since head injuries account for a majority of motorcycle fatalities, protection is vital.  . . . Even the best helmet is no guarantee against injury. However, without a helmet you are more likely to have serious head injuries than a rider who is wearing one."



     

     



    Michigan Safety Foundation Video Image

    The Motorcycle Safety Foundation, a nationally recognized group devoted to safe riding, has produced an informative video about helmet use.

     

     
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