It can be challenging to keep up with all the laws, especially when they do not directly apply. There are specific state laws for motorcycle enthusiasts. When legislators take aim at a group like motorcyclists, their intent is most often to keep riders safe. There are federal laws regarding motorcycles, but those are aimed at manufacturers of bikes.
Georgia’s Helmet Law includes more than just a helmet requirement, but that is the law’s main intent. If you are riding a motorcycle in Georgia, you are required to wear a helmet at all times. And, the helmet must meet the standards of the office of the Georgia Public Safety Commission. Furthermore, Georgia law states that the motorcycle must have a windshield or the rider must wear approved eye protection.
No Sissy Bars
Georgia legislators have specifically banned the use of what are commonly known as “sissy bars”, which are handlebars that “extend more than 15” above that portion of the seat occupied by the operator”.
If you’re going to carry a passenger on your motorcycle, you can do so; however, Georgia Code, 40-6-314 (a) states that your motorcycle must be specifically equipped with footrests on which the passenger’s feet can rest.
Mirrors & Turn Signals
Your motorcycle must have both left and right turn signals. The bike must have a clearly visible light that blinks on the left and the right side of the bike, indicating that the driver is going to turn. However, Georgia law requires only one mirror, either on the left or the right.
Driving the Motorcycle
Georgia Code 40-6-312 details several requirements for the driver of the motorcycle. Unfortunately, violations of these specific laws are very common in Atlanta traffic. When you are driving a motorcycle, you may not:
- Pass another vehicle in the same lane as that vehicle
- Ride the motorcycle between lanes of traffic or between adjacent lines or rows of vehicles
- Ride with other bikers riding more than two across a lane
- Turn your headlights and taillights off
These are just a few of the current Georgia Laws that apply specifically to the motorcyclist. Each of these laws is written with the safety of the motorcyclist and their passengers in mind.
If you or a family member gets injured while riding a motorcycle, please contact Miller & Wynn. Our locally-based attorneys have decades of experience. Call 770-942-2720 or visit www.MillerWynnLaw.com.