SUB-PART G. OPERATION OF MOTORCYCLES,
MOTOR-DRIVEN CYCLES AND BICYCLES

§190. Safety helmet
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A.(1) No person under the age of eighteen years 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.

(2) Any person eighteen years of age or older who chooses not to wear a helmet as provided for in Paragraph(1) shall be covered by a health insurance policy with medical benefits of at least ten thousand dollars for bodily injuries and shall furnish proof of such policy to any law enforcement officer upon the request of such officer.

(3) The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission shall collect and compile statistical information on the number of fatalities and injuries incurred in crashes which involve motorcycles. The Louisiana Highway Safety Commission shall report such information annually, prior to the beginning of each legislative session, to the House and Senate Committees on Transportation, Highways and Public Works.

B. It shall be unlawful to manufacture, sell, or distribute any protective helmet for use by the operator of a motorcycle, motor driven cycle, or motorized bicycle, or for use by the passenger thereon, unless such protective helmet is of a type and specification approved by the commissioner who shall publish a notice of such approval.

C. Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section, the police authorities of a village, town, city, or parish may issue a permit exempting members of organizations sponsoring, conducting, or participating in parades or other public exhibitions from the provisions of this Section while such members are actually participating in a parade or other public exhibition.

D. This Section does not apply to a person operating or riding in an autocycle if the vehicle is equipped with a roof which meets or exceeds standards for a safety helmet.

E. It shall be unlawful to manufacture, sell, or distribute any protective helmet for use by the operator of a motorcycle, motor driven cycle, or motorized bicycle, or for use by the passenger thereon, unless the manufacturer of the protective helmet obtains and maintains liability insurance of not less than one hundred thousand dollars for each occurrence of liability of the manufacturer for fault in the design, materials, or workmanship of the protective helmet. In addition to any other penalty provided in this Section, the commissioner may prohibit the movement, sale, or distribution of any protective helmet if the manufacturer is not covered by insurance as required by this Subsection.

F. Any person who violates any provision of this Section shall upon conviction be fined fifty dollars which shall include all costs of court. Notwithstanding any contrary provision of law, no other cost or fee shall be assessed against any person for a violation of this Section.

Added by Acts 1968, No. 273,§ 1. Amended by Acts 1976, No. 671,§ 1; Acts 1977, No. 113,§ 1, eff. June 22, 1977; Acts 1981, No. 517,§ 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1982; Acts 1986, No. 53,§ 1; Acts 1986, No. 531,§ 1; Acts 1989, No. 278,§ 1; Acts 1989, No. 520,§ 1; Acts 1999, No. 404,§ 1.


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