Like many other Colorado residents, you may be thinking about buying a motorcycle or looking to license yours here in the state. When doing so, you not only agree to abide by all current traffic laws but some additional ones as well that only apply to motorcycles such as noise restrictions.
It is, therefore, in your best interest to familiarize yourself with those other laws before hitting the road. Colorado law requires your motorcycle to meet specific standards regarding equipment as well. Even the lights must be in good working order before you head out.
The state does not require helmets for drivers who are 18 and older. Motorcycle operators and passengers who are under age 18 must wear a helmet.
However, it is not enough to own a helmet and wear it. It must meet certain safety standards issued by the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Some type of eye protection is mandated for all riders, drivers, and passengers in Colorado. Windshields on the bike are not enough. While helmets with visors can shield most effectively, goggles or eyeglasses that contain safety glass or plastic are acceptable.
Even if you are aware of these rules, you may still end up receiving a citation for one or multiple infractions. Some people choose not to take traffic tickets as seriously as they should, which could end up being a mistake. Each ticket could result in points on your license, and when they add up, you could discover your license is suspended, and you cannot legally drive, let alone ride your motorcycle.
Instead, you may want to consult with an attorney who handles both serious traffic violations and those specific to your chosen mode of transportation to help prevent that from happening.