Kentucky Motorcycle Helmet Law

Kentucky first enacted a motorcycle helmet law for all riders in 1968. This law was amended in July 1998 to require helmet use only by:

  • Motorcycle operators and passengers under the age of 21;
  • Motorcycle operators who possess a motorcycle instruction permit;
  • Motorcycle operators who have had an operator’s license for less than one year.

HELMET USE FACTS & STATISTICS

FACT:
When the universal helmet law was repealed in Kentucky in 1998, motorcycle fatalities increased by over 50 percent. (Source: NHTSA)
FACT:
In states without a universal helmet law, 65 percent of motorcyclists killed in 2011 were not wearing helmets. In states with a universal helmet law, 9 percent of motorcyclists killed were not wearing a helmet. (Source: NHTSA)
FACT:
In 2014, there were 1,275 motorcycle injuries and 76 fatalities in Kentucky. Of those Injured, 668 were not wearing a helmet. Of those killed, 46 were not wearing a helmet.
FACT:
NHTSA estimates that helmets reduce motorcycle rider fatalities by 22 to 37 percent and brain injuries by 44 to 65 percent.
FACT:
For every 100 motorcycle riders killed in crashes while not wearing a helmet, 37 of them could have been saved had all 100 worn helmets. (Source: NHTSA)

 

Download the following PDF from the Kentucky Department of Transportation for more information. Click here for specific an explanation of the code.