Louisiana State Police

Louisiana State Police News Release Date Posted: 08/11/2004

Statewide Helmet Law to Take Effect

Effective Sunday, August 15, 2004 at 12:01 a.m., Louisiana's motorcyclists will be required to wear a Department of Transportation (DOT) approved helmet while riding a motorcycle. House Bill 109, which was signed on July 6, 2004 to become Act #742 changed the wording of Louisiana Revised Statute 32:190 (A). LA. Revised Statute 32:190 (A) now reads "No person shall operate or ride upon any motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or motorized bicycle unless the person is equipped with and is wearing on the head a safety helmet of the type and design manufactured for use by operators of such vehicles, which shall be secured properly with a chin strap while the vehicle is in motion. All such safety helmets shall consist of lining, padding, visor, and chin strap and shall meet such other specifications as shall be established by the commissioner." This law is very clear, all operators and passengers must, beginning August 15th, wear a DOT approved motorcycle helmet properly and securely fastened on the head of the operator and passenger (if any), regardless of age.

The safety helmets must be Department of Transportation (DOT) approved. By DOT requirements, these helmets will have a DOT sticker on the lower back of the helmet. Further, the visor requirement is met by adequate eyewear (i.e. visor, goggles, or safety glasses) as required by Louisiana Revised Statute 32:190.1.

On August 15, 2004, Louisiana State Police will begin enforcing this updated law. Troopers know all too well the benefits of wearing an approved safety helmet on a motorcycle. Motorcycle safety helmets aren't only a good idea, it is the law!

Contact Lt. William Davis, 225-925-6202 or your local PIO if additional information is needed

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