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Rs 32:190 Safety Helmets

SUBPART G. OPERATION OF MOTORCYCLES,

MOTOR-DRIVEN CYCLES AND BICYCLES

§190. Safety helmets

A. No person shall operate or ride upon any motorcycle, motor-driven cycle, or

motorized bicycle unless the person is equipped with and is wearing on the head a safety

helmet of the type and design manufactured for use by operators of such vehicles, which

shall be secured properly with a chin strap while the vehicle is in motion. All such safety

helmets shall consist of lining, padding, visor, and chin strap and shall meet such other

specifications as shall be established by the commissioner.

B. It shall be unlawful to manufacture, sell, or distribute any protective helmet for

use by the operator of a motorcycle, motor driven cycle, or motorized bicycle, or for use by

the passenger thereon, unless such protective helmet is of a type and specification approved

by the commissioner who shall publish a notice of such approval.

C. Notwithstanding the provisions of this Section, the police authorities of a village,

town, city, or parish may issue a permit exempting members of organizations sponsoring,

conducting, or participating in parades or other public exhibitions from the provisions of this

Section while such members are actually participating in a parade or other public exhibition.

D. This Section does not apply to a person operating or riding in an autocycle if the

vehicle is equipped with supports that meet or exceed the standards for a safety helmet or a

rollbar or roll cage. As used in this Subsection, "rollbar" or "roll cage" shall mean supports

that will bear the vehicle's weight and are so designed as to protect the occupants when the

vehicle is resting on the supports.

E. It shall be unlawful to manufacture, sell, or distribute any protective helmet for

use by the operator of a motorcycle, motor driven cycle, or motorized bicycle, or for use by

the passenger thereon, unless the manufacturer of the protective helmet obtains and maintains

liability insurance of not less than one hundred thousand dollars for each occurrence of

liability of the manufacturer for fault in the design, materials, or workmanship of the

protective helmet. In addition to any other penalty provided in this Section, the

commissioner may prohibit the movement, sale, or distribution of any protective helmet if

the manufacturer is not covered by insurance as required by this Subsection.

F. Any person who violates any provision of this Section shall upon conviction be

fined fifty dollars which shall include all costs of court. Notwithstanding any contrary

provision of law, no other cost or fee shall be assessed against any person for a violation of

this Section.

Added by Acts 1968, No. 273, §1. Amended by Acts 1976, No. 671, §1; Acts 1977,

No. 113, §1, eff. June 22, 1977; Acts 1981, No. 517, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 1982; Acts 1986, No.

53, §1; Acts 1986, No. 531, §1; Acts 1989, No. 278, §1; Acts 1989, No. 520, §1; Acts 1999,

No. 404, §1; Acts 2004, No. 742, §1; Acts 2013, No. 81, §1, eff. Jan. 1, 2014; Acts 2016, No.

326, §1.

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Local Government
Louisiana
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John Bel Edwards
John Bel Edwards
January 11, 2016 -
Democratic
1-225-342-4404
900 North 3rd Street, Baton Rouge, LA, 70802

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