Florida’s motorcycle helmet law is ‘as Florida as it gets’

Anyone 21 or older must wear a helmet in Florida

I’m often surprised when I am asked this question because most states would have something like this. But when I ask why they are asking people say, ‘Well, it’s Florida so we figured it was OK.’ I understand Florida is known for a lot of weird thing but we still have laws on the books for a lot of stuff.

Does Florida have a motorcycle helmet law? That is the question I hear so often. More than the others but I feel like I have explained this so many different times that I try not to dedicate a whole segment to it. But let’s clear up the confusion once and for all.  Yes, Florida does have a helmet law, but you know when you think about it it is as Florida as it gets.

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If you are under the age of 21 and licensed to operate a motorcycle in Florida then you are required to wear a helmet and have insurance on the motorcycle.

However, if you are over the age of 21 and licensed  to operate a motorcycle in Florida then you have options. If you choose not to wear a helmet then you must have the required vehicle insurance. If you choose to wear a helmet then you do not need the insurance.

Yes, you did read that correctly. I did say it was going to be as Florida as it comes. I have never been to a nice motorcycle crash. No matter how slow you are going or how fast you’re going a severe head injury can occur. If you’re asking me on my opinion about this, please always wear a helmet.

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About the Author:

Steven Montiero, better known as “Trooper Steve," joined the News 6 morning team as its Traffic Safety Expert in October 2017. A Central Florida native and decorated combat veteran, Montiero comes to the station following an eight-year assignment with the Florida Highway Patrol.