In a slingshot?We just had a young lady last week come through the ER after an accident. It seems that an officer has stopped her several times for not wearing her helmet, and it happened to be this very same officer investigating this accident. When he walked into the ER room she waved him over closer to her bed and planted a great big kiss on him for she was wearing her helmet this time!
Don, it was pointed out to me by another poster a long time ago that currently helmet enforcement is a county-by-county decision. So you could be found guilty Orange County and not guilty in Riverside County. It would need to be appealed the to California Supreme Court or clarified in the law to go state wide. Until then we are subject to the whims of police and county judges.[/QUOTE][QUOTE=" In California the question is squarely in the ambiguous corner until a court decision. As far as I know, there still is not yet a court opinion on this issue.
Not to mention all the flying debris from trucks on the interstate. Insane to ride without a helmet.No, a Spyder, where she was going around a corner, skidding out when hitting gravel between the driving lanes and then over a steep embankment, tumbling the trike with it winding up on it's side partially upside down against a tree.
A vehicle can meet federal vehicle safety standards but not meet automotive safety standards. The two are not the same. ie street bikes meet federal vehicle safety standards but not automotive safety standards. Dirt bikes meet neither. It has more to do with how many reflectors, lights and mirrors a vehicle has than how many wheels, airbags or if it's enclosed it not.
You forgot the Autocycle statue and classification which does exist in at least 40 states. Some, not all require a helmet.The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has a legislative mandate under Title 49 of the United States Code, Chapter 301, Motor Vehicle Safety, to issue Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (FMVSS) and Regulations to which manufacturers of motor vehicles and items of motor vehicle equipment must conform and certify compliance.
FMVSS are regulations written in terms of minimum safety performance requirements for motor vehicles and motor vehicle equipment. They specify the level of protection to an occupant against unreasonable risk of death or injury in the event of a crash.
Since the SS is a "Motorcycle" and it does not meet automotive safety standards it falls under the helmet law.
This Subsection is listed under the CVC.
(f) This section does not apply to a person operating, or riding as a passenger in, a fully enclosed three-wheeled motor vehicle that is not less than seven feet in length and not less than four feet in width, and has an unladen weight of 900 pounds or more, if the vehicle meets or exceeds all of the requirements of this code, the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standards, and the rules and regulations adopted by the United States Department of Transportation and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
A motorcycle is a motor vehicle that has a seat or saddle for the use of the rider, and is designed to travel on not more than three wheels in contact with the ground per California Vehicle Code (CVC) 400 (a) and whose motor displaces more than 150 cubic centimeters (150cc).
- Two-wheeled motorcycles require an M-1 endorsement.
- Three-wheeled motorcycles or motorcycles with an attached sidecar require only a Class C driver license per CVC 12804.9.
- A Department of Transportation (DOT) compliant helmet is required.
- Motorcycles, Motor-Driven Cycles, Motorized Bicycles/Mopeds (Section 406(a) CVC ) - A helmet meeting Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 218, self-certified by the manufacturer and displaying a 'DOT' emblem must be worn by all riders of motorcycles, motor-driven cycles, and motorized bicycles/mopeds
-The SS is registered as a Motorcycle.
-It is a 3 wheeled motorcycle.
I say if don't wear a helmet I should receive a citation. If it's a "motorcycle" wear a helmet. It's not a fully enclosed three-wheeled motorcycle. It does not have airbags (current year mfg.) and it does not meet automotive safety standards. The belts are there for extra safety and shall be worn when operating.
I'm sorry if I wasn't clear but I'm only referring to California. I understand there are states which do not require a helmet. At least we all agree wearing a helmet is a smart thing to do. Every photo on the Polaris SS website shows people with helmets lol.You forgot the Autocycle statue and classification which does exist in at least 40 states. Some, not all require a helmet.
In my world, it is not up for discussion about what the law does or does not require. There is no way that I would think about not wearing a helmet. I am starting to think that my dog needs one too but I can't find one to fit him properly.I'm sorry if I wasn't clear but I'm only referring to California. I understand there are states which do not require a helmet. At least we all agree wearing a helmet is a smart thing to do. Every photo on the Polaris SS website shows people with helmets lol.