Maine Revised Statutes

§2083. Protective headgear

1. Requirement.  The following persons must wear protective headgear:
A. If under 18 years of age, a passenger on a motorcycle or moped or in an attached side car; [2017, c. 51, §1 (AMD).]
B. If under 18 years of age, an operator of a motorcycle or moped; [2017, c. 51, §2 (AMD).]
C. An operator of a motorcycle or moped, operating under a learner's permit or within one year of successfully completing a driving test; and [2017, c. 51, §3 (AMD).]
D. A passenger of an operator required to wear headgear. [1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF).]
[ 2017, c. 51, §§1-3 (AMD) .]
2. Compliance.   An operator of a motorcycle or moped or a parent or guardian may not allow a passenger under the age of 18 years to ride in violation of this section.
[ 2017, c. 51, §4 (AMD) .]
3. Standard.  Protective headgear must conform with minimum standards of construction and performance as prescribed by the American National Standards Institute specifications Z 90.1 or by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard No. 218.
[ 1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF) .]
4. Public program.  In furtherance of reasonable protective public policy, the Department of Public Safety, Bureau of Highway Safety must develop and implement a public information and education program designed to encourage helmet utilization by all motorcycle and moped riders.
[ 2005, c. 577, §33 (AMD) .]
5. Violation.  Violation of this section is a traffic infraction.
[ 1993, c. 683, Pt. A, §2 (NEW); 1993, c. 683, Pt. B, §5 (AFF) .]
SECTION HISTORY
1993, c. 683, §A2 (NEW). 1993, c. 683, §B5 (AFF). 2005, c. 577, §33 (AMD). 2009, c. 50, §§1-3 (AMD). 2009, c. 55, §4 (AMD). 2009, c. 652, Pt. C, §5 (AMD). 2017, c. 51, §§1-4 (AMD).