SB 556 Specifies when persons operating or riding a motorcycle or motor-tricycle must wear protective headgear
Sponsor: Brown
LR Number: 4267S.01I Fiscal Notes
Committee: Transportation, Infrastructure and Public Safety
Last Action: 5/18/2018 - Informal Calendar S Bills for Perfection--SB 556-Brown, with SA 1 (pending) Journal Page:
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Effective Date: August 28, 2018

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Current Bill Summary

SB 556 - Currently, every person operating or riding a motorcycle or motortricycle is required to wear protective headgear.

This act provides that persons under the age of 18 who are operating or riding as a passenger on a motorcycle or motortricycle shall wear a helmet when the vehicle is in motion. Similarly, a person who is 18 or older, is operating a motorcycle or motortricycle, and who has been issued an instruction permit shall wear a helmet when the vehicle is in motion.

This act also provides that qualified operators who are 18 or older may operate a motorcycle or motortricycle without a helmet if he or she has medical payment insurance coverage of at least $1 million. Proof of such coverage shall be provided on request of law enforcement by showing a copy of the qualified operator's insurance card.

This act is similar to HB 2158 (2018), identical to SB 323 (2017) and HB 535 (2017), and similar to provisions in HB 235 (2017), HCS/HB 576 (2017), HB 588 (2017), HB 1371 (2016), SCS/HB 1464 (2016), HB 1657 (2016), HB 1663 (2016), HB 1749 (2016), HB 2719 (2016), HB 2720 (2016), and SCS/SBs 851 & 694 (2016).