Utah Motorcycle Helmet Laws

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law mandates that everyone under 21 who
operates or rides a motorcycle
on a highway is required to wear protective headgear that meets federal standards. This applies to scooters and electric bicycles, as well. 
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Do you have to wear a motorcycle helmet in Utah?

If you are under the age of 21, you must wear a helmet on the highway when operating or riding on a motorcycle, a motor-driven cycle, a class 3 electric assisted bicycle, or an autocycle that is not fully enclosed. There are currently no helmets required for operators or riders 21 and over. 
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states that in 2019, motorcyclists were
overrepresented in traffic fatalities
, with 5,014 people killed. There are currently no federal helmet regulations, which means the laws will vary according to state. Make sure you know the rules where you will be traveling to stay safe and out of trouble!

Exceptions to Utah’s motorcycle helmet law

If you’re riding in a fully-enclosed cab, you are exempt from the helmet law. 

Penalties for breaking Utah’s motorcycle helmet law

Failure to wear a helmet when required in Utah is considered an infraction, which is punishable by up to $750 in fines. 

Why it’s important to wear a motorcycle helmet

Besides a fine, the other consequences of not wearing a motorcycle helmet can be quite severe—head injuries are one of the leading causes of death and disability in the U.S. 
Centers for Disease Control
(CDC) reports that helmets reduce the risk of death by 37% and head injury by 69%. Helmet laws save thousands of lives every year, and the CDC estimates that the United States would save more than $1 billion in economic costs if every motorcyclist wore a helmet. 
Motorcycle deaths have been on the rise in Utah since the 1990s, with one study reporting that motorcycle accidents were
9.9 times more likely to result in fatality
than other kinds of accidents. And despite what some folks might tell you, modern helmets don’t hinder your vision or your hearing in any way. 
Wearing a motorcycle helmet, even if you are not legally required to do so, is the best choice you can make for your safety!

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