Age Requirement

18 Years Old

Wisconsin



STATUTE:

Chapter 347. Equipment of Vehicles. Section 347.485. Protective headgear for use on Type 1 Motorcycles. :

FINE:

According to the 1999 Wisconsin Uniform Traffic Deposit Schedule the fine for violating section 347.485 is $30 plus court and additional fees so the total can range from $65.90 to $122.90 depending on which court the violation is written into (the highest total is for county courts, municipal courts go from the lower figure to $73.90). In addition there are no demerit points assessed against the driver's license for a conviction.
[Sgt. Donald Mueller - Middleton Police Department]

STANDARDS:

Chapter 347. Equipment of Vehicles. Section 347.485. Protective headgear for use on Type 1 Motorcycles. :

COURT DECISIONS:

"This section requiring motorcyclist to wear protective headgear and Section 346.595 requiring that headlight of motorcycle be lighted whenever the motorcycle is operated are constitutional." City of Kenosha v. Dosemagen (1972) 195 N.W.2d 462, 54 Wis.2d 269.

"Judicial notice would be taken of dangers inherent in the operation of motorcycles as compared to the operation of automobiles." Bisenius v. Karns (1969) 165 N.W.2d 377, 42 Wis.2d 42, appeal dismissed 89 S.Ct. 2033, 395 U.S. 709, 23 L.Ed.2d 655.

"Sole purpose, effect and result of motorcycle safety statutes in question was not to protect the motorcyclists, riders or both against themselves; rather, the statutes concerned or benefited other persons, particularly other users of the public highways; accordingly, enactment of the statutes was not outside the scope of state's police power authority." Bisenius v. Karns (1969) 165 N.W.2d 377, 42 Wis.2d 42, appeal dismissed 89 S.Ct. 2033, 395 U.S. 709, 23 L.Ed.2d 655.

"Safety statutes requiring that motorcycle drivers wear protective helmets and have eye protection, and that motorcycles have untilted handlebars, did not transgress the constitutional or inherent rights of motorcyclists without corresponding benefits accruing to the general welfare; accordingly, enactment of the statutes was not prohibited by either the Federal or State Constitution." Bisenius v. Karns (1969) 165 N.W.2d 377, 42 Wis.2d 42, appeal dismissed 89 S.Ct. 2033, 395 U.S. 709, 23 L.Ed.2d 655.

CURRENT ACTIVITY:

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