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    Do I have to wear a helmet when I ride a motorcycle?

    Date: 09.05.07 | by Judge Tom.

    Would you skydive for the first time without receiving landing instructions? How about suiting up without pads for Friday night′s football game against your rival school?

    It′s common sense to wear a helmet when riding a motorcycle, although some states don′t require you to wear one. In other states, however, anyone under eighteen is required to wear a helmet while on a motorcycle (whether driving or riding as a passenger). Check the laws in your state, and remember that wearing a motorcycle helmet could save your life.

    Photo by Hershel (Flickr)

    The same goes for riding bicycles. A dozen states and dozens of communities require children to wear a helmet while biking. Education about bike safety, less expensive helmets, and legislation have helped to increase the number of children in the U.S. who wear bike helmets.

    Judge Tom

    This post was written by Judge Tom. Judge Tom is the founder and moderator of AsktheJudge.info. He is a retired juvenile judge and spent 23 years on the bench. He has written several books for lawyers and judges as well as teens and parents including the recently published 'Teen Cyberbullying Investigated' (Free Spirit Publishing). When he's not answering teens' questions, Judge Tom can be found hiking, traveling and reading.

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