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Motorcyclist Safety – Ride to Live


North Carolina law requires all operators and passengers of motorcycles and mopeds to wear a DOT certified helmet. In 2011, an estimated 190 – 226 traumatic brain injury hospitalizations were prevented because of North Carolina’s universal helmet law (Naumann, Marshall, Proescholdbell, Austin, and Crebbage, 2015).


Protect yourself with the right gear

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  • Your DOT-certified helmet should grip your cheeks, your jaw, and the top and sides of your head.
  • Don’t buy a used helmet. There’s no way of knowing if a helmet was involved in a crash, which can compromise its quality and overall safety
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Eye Protection
  • Wear well-ventilated goggles, glasses with safety lenses, or a helmet equipped with a face shield to protect you from insects, dirt, and wind.
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  • Non-slip durable gloves help to grip your controls and keep air out of your sleeves. Firmly padded gloves can help protect your hands if you are involved in a crash.
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  • Wear a padded or reinforced jacket to provide some protection from abrasion in the event of a spill or crash. Always wear fitted long sleeves and long pants to keep from getting anything snagged on your motorcycle. Wear something brightly colored and/or reflective on your upper body.
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  • Tennis shoes, sandals, or cowboy boots don’t cut it. Choose a motorcycle boot with a stiff rubber sole, ankle coverage, and tough material to protect your from flying debris or injury during a crash. Avoid dangling laces.
Other Motorists




Always Ride Safe

In 2012, 30% of motorcyclists killed on North Carolina roads were riding with a BAC over the legal limit (NHTSA).

Stick to the speed limit.

In 2013, 34% of all motorcyclists killed in the United States were speeding (NHTSA).


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Naumann, R. B., Marshall, S. W., Proescholdbell, S. K., Austin, A., & Creppage, K. (2015). Impact of north carolina’s motorcycle helmet law on hospital admissions and charges for care of traumatic brain injuries. North Carolina Medical Journal, 76(2), 70.

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