As a Broward Criminal Lawyer, I’ve seen some significant changes in Florida motorcycle laws over the years. With bike week in full swing in Daytona this week, I thought an overview of some Florida motorcycle laws might come in handy to riders here in Broward County. As a criminal lawyer in Broward County and avid motorcycle rider, my perspective is a little different than most criminal attorneys.
Wheelies – a fairly new motorcycle law in Florida specifically prohibits this activity. Prior to the enactment of this new law, law enforcement in Broward would attempt to cite a motorcycle rider with the offense of reckless driving which was easily dismissed in court. The new motorcycle law mandates that both wheels must remain in contact with the road surface. The fine for a first offense can be as high as $1,000.00. Repeat offenders risk losing their motorcycle endorsement.
Earphones – prohibited. Helmet speakers are allowed.
Helmets – not required with a few exceptions. The motorcycle rider must be over 21 years of age and carry at least $10,000.00 in medical insurance.
Eye Protection – required.
Lane Splitting – not allowed (riding two abreast within a lane is allowed).
Exhaust Pipes – If you’ve modified or replaced your pipes (love the “long shots”), the noise emitted cannot be any louder than the original stock pipes. Maximum sound levels are measured at a distance of 50 feet.
Handlebars – Ape Hangers are allowed but cannot be higher than the top of the shoulders of the rider when in the seated position.
Broward County is a great place to ride but is also extremely congested with a very diverse driving population. Ride safe and you need you need a criminal lawyer in Broward County who in personally familiar with motorcycle laws and riding, give me a call!!!