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What are the Helmet Laws in Arizona?

Section 28-964 of the Arizona Revised Statutes defines the law which requires all motorcycle operators and riders under 18 years of age to wear a helmet. Moreover, all motorcycle riders and operators in Arizona are required to wear protective glasses, goggles or a transparent face shield for protection, unless the bike is equipped with a protective windshield.

The current Arizona’s helmet law is applicable to motorcycles, all-terrain vehicles, motor driven cycles and equipment. The operator or passenger of all such vehicles under the age of 18 years are required to wear a protective helmet over their head in an appropriate manner at all times. The protective helmet is to be safely secured while the operator or passenger operate or ride on the motorcycle. This protective head gear is required unless the motor vehicle is equipped with a transparent face shield or any other type approved by the director.

Subsections of A.R.S. 28-964

Sub-section A of ARS 28-964 does not apply to electrically powered three wheeled vehicles or three wheeled vehicles in which the driver and passenger ride within an enclosed cab.

Sub-section B of ARS 28-964 defines that all-terrain vehicle and motor driven cycles shall be equipped with a rearview mirrors, along with seat and footrests for the operator. The motor-driven cycle, motorcycle, or all-terrain vehicle operated with a passenger shall be equipped with a seat, footrests, and handrails for the passenger.

Sub-section C of Section 28-964 defines that a person shall not operate a motor driven cycle, motorcycle, or all-terrain vehicle with handlebars that are positioned such that the hands of the operator are above the operator’s shoulder height when the operator is sitting astride the seat and their hands are on the handlebar grips.

Motorcycle accidents are some of the most dangerous and serious cases when it comes to motor vehicle accidents. Therefore, it is advised to always wear a safety helmet when riding a motorbike.

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