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Under the Vehicle And Traffic Law (VTL), motorcyclists must abide by the same driving, registration and inspection laws that apply to operators of cars and trucks. There are other laws, however, that apply only to motorcycle operators.
Below is a list of the motorcycle laws of which you should be aware. All have a costs but some also carry DMV points and even (in rare instances) imprisonment.
Let’s start with basic riding rules. VTL Section 1251 requires all persons to operate their motorcycles in the following manner:
Next we discuss safe operation (VTL Section 1252). All motorcycles are entitled to the full use of a lane of traffic. However, the law DOES allow motorcyclists to drive two abreast in a single lane. Other drivers shall not deprive a motorcyclist of the full use of a lane.
With this said, the following motorcycle operation rules do apply:
All four of the above violations carry two DMV points.
Next we look at equipment. Like a car, motorcyclists must have all basic equipment such as adequate brakes, horn and lights. Under VTL 381, motorcyclists must also have the items listed below. There are approved specifications for all of them.
Finally, and in my opinion most importantly, a motorcycle operator must wear an approved helmet at all times. VTL 381(6). The helmet must contain a face shield (or the rider must use goggles).
I have sadly been involved in too many personal injury cases where motorcyclists were severely injured and killed for violating this one.
PLEASE always where your helmet and ride safely!