Alaska Motorcycle Helmet Law

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STATUTE:

Chapter 35. Miscellaneous Provisions. Article 5. Miscellaneous Offenses. Sec. 28.35.245 Motorcycle Helmets.:

    ” . . . (b) A person who is 18 years of age or older may not be required to wear a helmet while operating a motorcycle if the person is the holder of a license or endorsement to operate a motorcycle.”(Approved by the Governor: June 25, 1996.)

FINE:

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STANDARDS:

Title 28. Motor Vehicles. Chapter 05. Administration. Article 2. Vehicle Equipment Standards. Section 28.05.081 Approval of vehicle equipment.

“(a) When the commissioner has reason to believe that vehicle equipment being sold commercially in the state does not comply with the requirements of this title or regulations adopted under this title or other statutes and regulations, the commissioner may, after giving 30 days notice to the person holding the certificate of approval for the equipment in this state, conduct a hearing upon the question of compliance of the equipment. After the hearing, the commissioner shall determine whether the equipment is in compliance. If the equipment is not in compliance with the law, the commissioner shall give notice of that fact to the person holding the certificate of approval for the equipment in this state.

“(b) If, at the end of 90 days after the notice of noncompliance given under (a) of this section, the person holding the certificate of approval for the vehicle equipment has failed to satisfy the commissioner that the equipment as sold after the 90 days is in compliance with the law, the commissioner shall suspend or revoke the approval issued for the equipment until the equipment is resubmitted to, and retested by, a testing agency approved by the commissioner and is found to be in compliance with the law. The commissioner may, at the time of retest, purchase in the open market and submit to the testing agency one or more sets of the equipment. If the equipment upon retest fails to comply with the law, the commissioner may refuse to renew the certificate of approval of the equipment.

“(c) After January 1, 1978, a motorcycle helmet may not be manufactured or sold in this state that does not conform to standards established in regulations adopted by the commissioner. These regulations must provide for helmets that allow normal peripheral vision and hearing and minimize neck injuries to the wearer potentially caused by the helmet. For the purposes of this section and AS 28.05.011(2), a motorcycle helmet is considered to be vehicle equipment.”

COURT DECISIONS:

We have been unable to uncover any court decision from a court of record, either from the Alaska Appellate or Supreme Courts, which indicates that the question of whether or not Alaska’s helmet law is constitutional has not been addressed in the courts.

CURRENT ACTIVITY:

If you know of any current activity regarding efforts to remove or otherwise amend Alaska’s helmet law, in the Legislature or the Courts, please e-mail that information so we can update this site. Thanks.

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