THE GEORGIA HELMET LAW
(a) No person shall operate or ride upon a motorcycle unless
he is wearing protective headgear which complies with standards
established by the Board of Public Safety.
(b) No person shall operate or ride upon a motorcycle if the
motorcycle is not equipped with a windshield unless he is wearing
an eye-protective device of a type approved by the Board of
(c) This Code section shall not apply to persons riding
within an enclosed cab or motorized cart. This Code section shall
not apply to a person operating a three-wheeled motorcycle used
only for agricultural purposes.
(d) The Board of Public Safety is authorized to approve or
disapprove protective headgear and eye-protective devices
required in this Code section and to issue and enforce
regulations establishing standards and specifications for the
approval thereof. The Board of Public Safety shall publish lists
of all protective headgear and eye-protective devices by name and
type which have been approved by it.
The Board of Public Safety is authorized to promulgate rules
and regulations to carry this part into effect and to establish
regulations for safety standards for the operation of motorcycles.
I sent an e-mail to The Georgia Department of Public Safety
to inquire about the list of approved protective headgear and
received this response from them:
"There is not a list of individual models of protective
headgear published by the Board of Public Safety, nor is a list
required by law. The Board, pursuant to its rule making authority,
has elected to promulgate rules setting forth the specifications
for protective headgear. If you wish to receive (either by fax or
mail) a copy of the Department of Public Safety Rules, please
call Legal Services at 404-624-7423 and we will be glad to fax or
mail you a copy of Rule 570-13. "
Apparently someone at DPS missed sub-paragraph (d) above.
So, next I decided to look in the Motorcycle Operator Manual
that I received from Georgia State Patrol when I took my
motorcycle permit test. The manual stated that "The Georgia
standards are in compliance with the standards on helmets as set
forth by the American National Standards Institute - Z90.1".
So I looked up ANSI on the internet at www.ansi.org, and after
about 20 minutes of searching the website, found how to get a
copy of Z90.1. Here is what the website said:
Designation: ANSI Z90.1-1992
Title: Specifications for Protective Headgear for Motor
Standard Type: S&H
Do I call Georgia DPS legal services and pay long distance or
do I spend $28.00 with ANSI to get the truth about motorcycle
helmets in Georgia? I don't know and I suspect that DPS, judges
and police don't know either. Isn't it about time to get rid of
this ridiculous and unenforcable helmet law in Georgia and give
adults back freedom to make their own choices?
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