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post #1 of 5 Old Jul 19th, 2007, 10:39 pm Thread Starter
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New NC Helmet Law

It seems the North Carolina Legislature has made a change to the helmet law. While the bill would still need to be signed by the Governor, it has passed both the House & Senate.

Now I am not sure of the practical impact of this language, but it seems that law enforcement will have to more closely scrutinize helmets to ensure that they are, in fact, DOT approved and not just have DOT stickers.

I am including the revised text:

20-140.4. Special provisions for motorcycles and mopeds.

(2) Unless the operator and all passengers thereon wear...

(following section deleted)[safety helmets of a type approved by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.]

...(following language added)...[on their heads, with a retention strap properly secured, safety helmets of a type that complies with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218.]

The final version of the bill can be viewed at:

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions...ML/H563v4.html

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post #2 of 5 Old Jul 20th, 2007, 7:25 am
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I don't think it will make much difference to the avg BMW rider. Probably won;t make much difference to any one else. It only makes a difference if the law enf. officers enforce it. It's already "law" to wear a DOT helmet. Most officers I've spoken to say they would only add the helmet thing as an add-on to a citation. They wouldn't stop someone for just that, although it would give them :reasonable cause" to stop someone if they wanted to have a better look at them, so to speak.

I'm more concerned with SB-375, whcih has to do with the licensing process.

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post #3 of 5 Old Jul 20th, 2007, 9:14 am
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It seems the North Carolina Legislature has made a change to the helmet law. While the bill would still need to be signed by the Governor, it has passed both the House & Senate.

Now I am not sure of the practical impact of this language, but it seems that law enforcement will have to more closely scrutinize helmets to ensure that they are, in fact, DOT approved and not just have DOT stickers.

I am including the revised text:

20-140.4. Special provisions for motorcycles and mopeds.

(2) Unless the operator and all passengers thereon wear...

(following section deleted)[safety helmets of a type approved by the Commissioner of Motor Vehicles.]

...(following language added)...[on their heads, with a retention strap properly secured, safety helmets of a type that complies with Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (FMVSS) 218.]

The final version of the bill can be viewed at:

http://www.ncga.state.nc.us/Sessions...ML/H563v4.html
There is some talk about GA doing something along this line also. I was told that the current law states that the GA State Patrol is responsible for issuing a list of approved helmets, but the legislature in the same law neglected to commit any funds for assembling the list - so there is no actual list. Guess this explains the cardboard brain buckets we see all the time.

If this change comes (and I hope is does), I am sure we are going to hear some real serious moaning and groaning from the 'chopper' crowd.

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post #4 of 5 Old Jul 20th, 2007, 11:56 am
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Thankfully all of my helmets have three very large ARAI sticker under the clear coat.

I would love to see more cruisers pulled over in WNC.
IT would give the car drivers a better chance to pass the slow moving bikers.

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post #5 of 5 Old Jul 21st, 2007, 5:38 pm
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Helmet Law

I know a couple of harley knukleheads who strap the helmet to their knee to say they are "wearing" a helmet.
This will help them protect their (empty?) heads.....

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