Friday, May 11, 2012

Michigan Repealed Its Mandatory 1967 Motorcycle Helmet Law

Bikers or passengers no longer have to wear motorcyle helmets in the State of Michigan.

By H. Nelson Goodson
May 11, 2012

Lansing, Michigan - Last month, the State of Michigan repealed its mandatory 1967 motorcycle helmet requirement. Michigan became the 31st state to have helmet use as an option. Bikers 21 years of age and over will no longer be required to wear helmets provide they have passed a safety course, have had their license for at least two years, have a $20,000 medical insurance for the motorcycle driver and passenger.
Police may not stop a motorcycle operator for not wearing a helmet  based on the mere possibilty the operator or passenger may not be exempt from the requirement to wear a helmet. Police must possess facts rising to the level of reasonable suspicion that the operator or passenger is required to wear a helmet and is violating the requirements, according to the Michigan State Police Legal Update.

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