Top 4 laws to be aware of when operating a motorcycle in Idaho.
Winter has finally passed, Spring is “budding” and the highways are finally clear of snow; time to pull out the motorcycle. The following top 4 laws in Idaho are imperative to know to ensure compliance with the law and help you or your passenger avoid personal injury.
1. Put on your brainbucket, i.e. your helmetTo some it may come as a surprise and shock, but in Idaho, operators of motorcycles, motorbikes, UTV's or ATV's ARE NOT required to wear a helmet. Nonetheless, the use of a protective safety helmet of a type and quality equal to or better than standards established by law is absolutely your best defense to protecting your head and preventing serious personal injury in the event of an accident or collision. Those individuals operating or riding on a motorcycle, motorbike, UTV or ATV who are under the age of eighteen (18) MUST wear a helmet. The only exception to this law is if the motorcycle, motorbike, UTV or ATV is being operated on private property.
2. Make sure all of the equipment works properlyEvery motorcycle and every motor-driven cycle driven on the highway/roadway shall be equipped with at-least one headlight and at-least one tail-light, reflector and stop lamp. If your motorcycle or motor-driven cycle is equipped with turn signals, make sure they work. If it is not equipped with turn signals, make sure you know your hand signals.
3. You must have foot pegs for your passenger3. If you plan on having a passenger on your motorcycle or motor-driven cycle, you must have foot pegs designed for the passenger. No, you cannot make the excuse that you are letting the passenger use the driver's foot pegs.
4. Get a motorcycle endorsement on your driver's licenseTo get a motorcycle endorsement on your driver's license you must pass a written examination for safe motorcycle operation and traffic laws specific to motorcycles. A skills test must also be passed in order to obtain the endorsement. Persons under the age of 21 must successfully complete an approved motorcycle rider training course.