Continuing from Colorado Motorcycle Laws: A Basic Overview (Part 1), the following is some additional information regarding motorcycle laws in Colorado. Having a thorough understanding of Colorado motorcycle laws is crucial to ensuring that riders are legally and safely operating their motorcycles when riding on Colorado roadways.
In addition to stipulating mandatory protective gear (as discussed in Part 1 of this blog), Colorado motorcycle laws also cover:
- Protective gear – According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 65 percent of individuals who were killed in fatal motorcycle accidents were not wearing helmets at the time of the accident and were in states in which there is no mandatory helmet laws (as opposed to 13 percent of rider fatalities associated with non-helmet use in states with mandatory helmet laws).
Despite these jaw-dropping numbers, there is currently no mandatory helmet law for riders who are 18 years old or under. Riders who are younger than 18 years old, however, are legally required to wear DOT-approved helmets when operating or riding on motorcycles.
In terms of eye protection, Colorado motorcycle laws legally mandate that all riders (passengers and operators alike) wear some form of eye protection. While a windshield on a motorcycle is not considered to be eye protection, a helmet’s visor, goggles and eyeglasses with lenses comprised of plastic are viable forms of eye protection when riding motorcycles.
- Passengers – When passengers are riding on motorcycles, Colorado motorcycle laws stipulate that the motorcycle must be equipped with footrests for that passenger and that the passenger must use these footrests. Additionally, passengers on motorcycles are legally required to ride either on the seat behind the operator or in a side car (they cannot ride in from of the motorcycle operator).
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