An Act To Require That Motorcyclists Wear Helmets
Sec. 1. 12 MRSA §13106-A, sub-§25, ¶A, as corrected by RR 2011, c. 2, §12, is amended to read:
(1) If the person is under 18 years of age, shall wear protective headgear that conforms to the standards established under Title 29-A, section 2083, subsection 3; and
(2) May not carry a passenger under 18 years of age on the snowmobile unless the passenger is wearing protective headgear that conforms to the standards established under Title 29-A, section 2083, subsection 3.
Sec. 2. 12 MRSA §13157-A, sub-§13, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §414 and affected by §422, is amended to read:
Sec. 3. 12 MRSA §13157-A, sub-§14, as enacted by PL 2003, c. 655, Pt. B, §414 and affected by §422, is amended to read:
Sec. 4. 29-A MRSA §2062, sub-§8 is enacted to read:
Sec. 5. 29-A MRSA §2083, as amended by PL 2009, c. 652, Pt. C, §5, is repealed.
Sec. 6. 29-A MRSA §2120 is enacted to read:
§ 2120. Operating a motorcycle without a helmet
A person commits a traffic infraction for which a fine of not more than $500 may be adjudged if that person operates or is a passenger on or in a sidecar attached to a motorcycle on a public way without wearing a helmet in violation of section 2062, subsection 8.
Current law requires persons under 18 years of age to wear a helmet when operating a motorcycle or riding as a passenger on a motorcycle as well as persons operating under a learner's permit or within one year of completing a driving test and any passengers.
This bill requires all operators and passengers of motorcycles on public ways to wear protective helmets.
This bill also corrects cross-references.