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A Legal Update on the Helmet Repeal Law

What exactly does the new Michigan Helmet Repeal Law mean for motorcyclist?

The MAIA received numerous calls last week regarding specifics of the motorcycle helmet repeal recently signed into law. In order to answer many of the legal questions surrounding the repeal, the Michigan State Police issued a Legal Update that appears to provide many of the answers we were all looking for.

In summary, the update states:

  • The law does not require a motorcycle operator to carry proof that he or she has possessed a motorcycle endorsement for at least two years or has successfully passed the motorcycle safety course.
  • The law does not require a motorcycle operator or passenger to carry proof of the $20,000 per person security required to operate or ride a motorcycle without a helmet.
  • Officers may not stop a motorcyclist for not wearing a helmet based on the possibility the operator or passenger may be in violation of the helmet law.
  • Operators and passengers who violate the new law are responsible for a civil infraction.

The Legal Update is available from the State Police website at http://www.michigan.gov/documents/msp/MSP_Legal_Update_No._95_382335_7.pdf

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Robert April 26, 2012 at 12:36 PM
Thanks Jay! Keep up the good work!

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