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Should Wearing a Moped Helmet Be Mandatory? - Bintelli Powersports

Should Wearing a Moped Helmet Be Mandatory?

One of the best ways to survive a high-speed accident is to wear a helmet. Yet, despite this well known safety fact, many states do not require moped operators to wear a helmet. 


Taking this into consideration, moped enthusiasts may be wondering whether federal legislators should make wearing a moped helmet mandatory. To address this concern, we discuss why such regulation is needed, and reveal where states currently in America stand on the issue.


Moped Helmet Regulation


To-date, most states in America require underage riders and drivers to wear a helmet while on a moving moped. Thanks to this popular decision, the following areas have effectively reduced the amount of underage fatalities related to motor scooter accidents.


  • Alaska
  • Arizona
  • Arkansas
  • Colorado
  • Connecticut
  • Delaware
  • Florida
  • Hawaii
  • Idaho
  • Indiana
  • Kansas
  • Kentucky
  • Maine
  • Michigan
  • Minnesota
  • Montana
  • New Mexico
  • North Dakota
  • Ohio
  • Oklahoma
  • Pennsylvania
  • Rhode Island
  • South Carolina
  • South Dakota
  • Texas
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin
  • Wyoming


That said, the aforementioned states do not require adult moped drivers to wear a helmet. A byproduct of this decision is an increase in adult moped accidents that result in a fatality or head injury. And considering most of the aforementioned scooter incidents are preventable, it is quite a shame.


Where Moped Helmets Are Mandatory


In an effort to reduce as many moped-related fatalities and head injuries as possible, a few states have made helmet wearing mandatory for all ages. These areas are listed below.


  • Alabama
  • California
  • District of Columbia
  • Georgia
  • Louisiana
  • Massachusetts
  • Mississippi
  • Missouri
  • Nebraska
  • Nevada
  • New Jersey
  • New York
  • North Carolina
  • Oregon
  • Tennessee
  • Vermont
  • Virginia
  • Washington
  • West Virginia


By requiring all moped riders to wear helmets, the average number of fatalities and head injuries related to riding a scooter with a seat have decreased. Need more proof? 


According to the CDC, the statistical effectiveness of wearing a helmet are as follows.


  • Fatalities are 30% less likely while riding a motorized device
  • Injury severity greatly decreased during accidents
  • In 2016 alone, helmets saved the lives of over 1,100 people
  • Head injuries are typically reduced by about 69%


Taking these statistics into consideration, the Dutch government has opted to implement a mandatory moped helmet law as well. More info on this subject may be found here.


Where Wearing a Helmet is Not Mandatory


In contrast, there are quite a few states with no motor scooter helmet laws in place. Due to this, the following areas tend to have more 49cc moped-related fatalities and injuries each year on average compared to other states.


  • Illinois
  • Iowa
  • New Hampshire


Needless to say, moped fans located in the areas above are encouraged to wear a helmet even though they are not legally required to do so. Furthermore, any area that does not have a mandatory moped helmet law in place may wish to enact a related regulation in an effort to reduce the amount of annual fatalities and injuries. 


Although this can have financial repercussions, saving the life of a fellow moped fan is worth it.


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