Age Requirement

18 Years Old

Ohio



STATUTE:

Title XLV. Motor Vehicles--Aeronautics--Watercraft. Chapter 4511. Traffic laws--Operation of Motor Vehicles. Bicycles. Section 4511.53 Rules for Bicycles, Motorcycles and Snowmobiles. :

FINE:

The fine for "no safety equipment" under the current Ohio law according to Middletown Municipal Court, Middletown, Ohio, is $75.00.

STANDARDS:

Title XLV. Motor Vehicles--Aeronautics--Watercraft. Chapter 4511. Traffic laws--Operation of Motor Vehicles. Bicycles. Section 4511.53 Rules for Bicycles, Motorcycles and Snowmobiles. :

COURT DECISIONS:

"Requirements of 4511.53 that motorcycle operators and passengers wear protective helmets and glasses are reasonable, bear substantial relation to public health and general welfare, and are constitutionally valid and require no implementation by regulations adopted by director of highway safety." State v. Stouffer (Ohio App. 1971) 28 Ohio App.2d 229, 276 N.E.2d 651, 57 O.O.2d 342.

"4511.53, as amended and effective January 1, 1968, which requires the operator of a motorcycle on a highway to wear a protective helmet on his head, is constitutional." State v. Craig (Ohio App. 1969) 19 Ohio App.2d 29, 249 N.E.2d 75, 48 O.O.2d 28.

"A demurrer should be sustained to an affidavit charging the operation of a motorcycle without wearing a helmet and glasses as required by RC 4511.53 where such legislative inhibition is not supported by facts demonstrating a compelling public danger arising from its absence, which would violate defendant's rights under US Const Am 14 and O Const Art I, s 1." State v. Betts (Ohio Mun. 1969) 21 Ohio Misc. 175, 252 N.E.2d 866, 49 O.O.2d 22,0 O.O.2d 351.

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