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Speed Laws by State

Penalties for First Time Speeders by State

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Catagories:
No Helmets Helmets Law
State Funded Rider Ed Eye Protection
Daytime Headlights Passenger Seat
Footrest Passenger Age Limits
Helmet Speakers Mirrors
Periodic Safety Inspections 65 mph Speed Limit

 
  No Helmet State Eye
  Helmets Law Funded Protection
  (over 21)   Rider Ed  
Alabama   x #  
Alaska + x-4   x-15
Arizona + x-4 #-12 x-14
Arkansas + x-6   x
California   x #-6,12  
Colorado +   #-12 x
Connecticut + x-4, 9 #-4, 12 x-14
Delaware + x-1,2,5,9 #-4,12,13 x
Florida   x #-6,12,13 x
Georgia   x #-12,13 x-14
Hawaii + x-1,4 # x-14
Idaho   x-4 #-6  
Illinois + #-4,12,13 x-9 x-17
Indiana + x-4,9 #-12 x-4
Iowa +   #11,12  
Kansas + x-4 #-12 x-14
Kentucky + x-6, 31 #-12 x
Louisiana + x-4 #-12 x-14
Maine + x-7 #-11,13  
Maryland   x-1 #-4 x-14
Massachusetts   x # x-9,14
Michigan   x #-4, 12 x-14,16
Minnesota + x-4, 9 #-4 x
Mississippi   x    
Missouri   x #-12,13  
Montana + x-4 #-12  
Nebraska   x #-12-13  
Nevada   x #-12 x-14
New Hampshire + x-4 #-12 x-14
New Jersey   x-1 # x-9, 14
New Mexico + x-1,4 #-4,12,13 x-14
New York   x-1   x
North Carolina   x #  
North Dakota + x-1, 4 #-10  
Ohio + x-3, 4 #-4 x-14
Oklahoma + x-4   x-14
Oregon   x #-5, 12  
Pennsylvania   x #-12,13 x
Rhode Island + x-3,6,8 #-11,12,13 x
South Carolina + x-1,6   x-6, 14
South Dakota + x-4 #-12,13 x-14
Tennessee   x #-12 x-14
Texas + x-6, 30 #-4  
Utah + x-4 #-12  
Vermont   x-1 # x-14
Virginia   x #-12 x-14
Washington   x #-4 x-14
West Virginia   x-1 #-12,13 x
Wisconsin + x-4, 9 #-4, 12 x-9, 15
Wyoming + x-4 #  
Washington, DC   x   x-14
 
  Daytime Passenger   Passenger
  Headlight Seat Footrests Age
        Limits
Alabama 17 > >  
Alaska 17 > >  
Arizona 17 > >  
Arkansas x-17 > >  
California x-17, 20 > >  
Colorado 17 > >  
Connecticut x-17, 21 > >  
Delaware 17 > >  
Florida x-17 > >  
Georgia x-17 > >  
Hawaii   > > 23
Idaho 17 > >  
Illinois > >    
Indiana x-17,18 > >  
Iowa x-17,19 > >  
Kansas x-20 > >  
Kentucky   > >  
Louisiana 17 > >  
Maine x > >  
Maryland   > >  
Massachusetts 17 > >  
Michigan 17 > >  
Minnesota x-17 > >  
Mississippi        
Missouri 17      
Montana x-17 > >  
Nebraska 17 > >  
Nevada 17 > >  
New Hampshire 17 > >  
New Jersey 17 > >  
New Mexico 17 > >  
New York x-17 > >  
North Carolina x-17 > >  
North Dakota 17 > >  
Ohio 17 > >  
Oklahoma x-17 > >  
Oregon x-17 > >  
Pennsylvania 17 > >  
Rhode Island   > >  
South Carolina x-17 > >  
South Dakota 17 > >  
Tennessee x-17 > >  
Texas 17 >    
Utah 17 > >  
Vermont 17 > >  
Virginia 17 > >  
Washington x-17 > > 22
West Virginia x > >  
Wisconsin x-17 > >  
Wyoming x-17 > >  
Washington, DC 17 > >  
 
  Helmet Mirrors Periodic 65 (or more)
  Speakers (l, left; Safety mph Speed
    r, Right) Inspection Limit
Alabama   x   Yes
Alaska * x (l, r) x-27 Yes
Arizona   x x-28 Yes
Arkansas   x x Yes
California 24 x x-27 Yes
Colorado   x x-27 Yes
Connecticut   x x-27 Yes
Delaware   x x Yes
Florida   x   Yes
Georgia 25 x   Yes
Hawaii   x x No
Idaho     x Yes
Illinois x     Yes
Indiana       Yes
Iowa   x   Yes
Kansas   x (l) x-27 Yes
Kentucky   x   Yes
Louisiana   x (l) x Yes
Maine   x x Yes
Maryland 24 x (l, r) x-29 Yes
Massachusetts * x x Yes
Michigan   x x-27 Yes
Minnesota 24 x x-27 Yes
Mississippi     x Yes
Missouri     x Yes
Montana   x   Yes
Nebraska       Yes
Nevada   x (l, r)   Yes
New Hampshire   x x Yes
New Jersey   x x Yes
New Mexico   x x-27 Yes
New York 24 x x Yes
North Carolina   x x Yes
North Dakota   x   Yes
Ohio   x x-27 Yes
Oklahoma   x (l, r) x Yes
Oregon   x x-27 Yes
Pennsylvania 25 x-19, 26 x Yes
Rhode Island * x x Yes
South Carolina   x x Yes
South Dakota   x   Yes
Tennessee   x   Yes
Texas   x x Yes
Utah   x x Yes
Vermont   x x Yes
Virginia   x x Yes
Washington   x (l, r) x-27 Yes
West Virginia   x x Yes
Wisconsin   x x-27 Yes
Wyoming   x   Yes
Washington, DC   x x No

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LEGEND:

+ No helmets (over 21)
x Required by law
# Available for all eligible applicants
* Prohibited to use or possess
> Required if carrying a passenger
1 Reflectorization required
2 Must have in possession
3 Required for novice riders
4 Required under age 18
5 Required under age 19
6 Required under age 21
7 Required under age 15 with learner¼s permit or for one year after obtaining license
8 Required for passengers
9 Requi red for i nstructional permit holders
10 Required under age 16
11 Required for first-time applicants
12 May waive skills test for successful completion of rider education
13 May waive knowledge test for successful completion of rider education
14 Required unless equipped with windscreen
15 Required unless equipped with windscreen that is 15" above handlebars
16 Required at speeds over 35 mph
17 Modulating headlight permitted
18 Required for vehicles manufactured after 1/15/56
19 Required for vehicles manufactured after 4/1/77
20 Required for vehicles manu-factured during or after 1978
21 Required for vehicles manu-factured during or after 1980
22 Prohibits passengers under age 5
23 Prohibits passengers under age 7
24 Single earphone only
25 To be used for communica-tion purposes only
26 Required by inspection regulations
27 Random
28 Annual emissions, some areas
29 Upon title transfer
30 Over 21 exempt with proof of completion of riders safety course, or with proof of medical insurance in amount of at least $10,000.
31 Over 21 exempt with stickerã obtained from State after presenting DMV with proof of insurance.

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Penalties for first-time speeders

StateJail timeFinesStateJail timeFines

Alabama

Up to 10 days

Up to $100

Montana

$10-$100

Alaska

Up to $300

Nebraska

$10-$200

Arizona

Up to $250

Nevada

Up to 6 mos.

Up to $1,000

Arkansas

Up to 10 days

Up to $100

New Hampshire

Up to $1,000

California

Up to $100

New Jersey

Up to 15 days

$50-$200

Colorado

$15-$100

New Mexico

Up to 90 days

Up to $300

Connecticut

Up to $50

New York

Up to 30 days

$30-$400

Delaware

$20

North Carolina

Up to 60 days

$100-$1,000

Washington, D.C.

$15-$100

North Dakota

$5->$99

Florida

$25-$250

Ohio

Up to $100

Georgia

Up to 12 mos.

Up to $1,000

Oklahoma

5 to 30 days

$10-$200

Hawaii

Up to $200

Oregon

$75-$600

Idaho

Up to $100

Pennsylvania

$35

Illinois

Up to $1,000

Rhode Island

$50

Indiana

Up to $500

South Carolina

Up to 30 days

$15-200

Iowa

Up to 30 days

$50-$100

South Dakota

Up to 30 days

Up to $200

Kansas

Up to $500

Tennessee

Up to 30 days

Up to $50

Kentucky

Up to $100

Texas

$1-$200

Louisiana

Up to 30 days

Up to $175

Utah

Up to 90 days

Up to $750

Maine

$25-$250

Vermont

Up to $175

Maryland

Up to $500

Virginia

Up to $200

Massachusetts

Not less than $50

Washington

Up to $250

Michigan

Up to $100

West Virginia

Up to $100

Minnesota

Up to $200

Wisconsin

$30-$300

Mississippi

Up to 10 days

Up to $100

Wyoming

Up to 30 days

Up to $200

Missouri

Up to 6 mos.

Up to $500

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration



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