Motorcycle Helmet Law

Citizens Count Editor

New Hampshire is one of three states, along with lllinois and Iowa, without a motorcycle helmet law.

Bills mandating helmet use have repeatedly failed to pass the Legislature. The most recent attempt (HB 1162) was proposed in 2010, but died in the House Transportation Committee.

Opponents believe adults should have the choice to wear a helmet and those who ride without one are only endangering themselves. Proponents of mandatory helmet laws say head injuries cost everyone through increased hospital costs, rehabilitation and loss of employment.

According to the Governors' Highway Safety Association, 15 NH motorcyclists and/or passengers were killed in crashes in 2017, down from 18 in 2016. 

According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, 19 states and the District of Columbia have motorcycle helmet laws that require all riders to wear a helmet. Twenty-eight states have a motorcycle helmet law that only require some riders to wear a helmet.


Killed in the House

Requires motorcyclists to wear helmets.

Should NH require motorcycle helmets?


Francis Murzyn
- Merrimack

Tue, 02/05/2019 - 4:13pm

I road for years, always wore a helmet. My choice! Don't want to wear one...your choice.

Mike Dunbar
- Hampton

Mon, 12/24/2018 - 12:01pm

Should NH have a helmet law? See what your fellow citizens had to say:

Daniel Perrinez
- Manchester

Fri, 02/23/2018 - 12:02pm

Wearing a helmet is irrelevant to the safety of other people.

Anne Fraize
- Deerfield

Wed, 01/25/2017 - 9:06am

If your over 18 its up you


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Issue Status

The most recent legislation proposed to mandate protective headgear for motorcyclists, HB 1162, was killed in the House Transportation Committee in 2010.

Preliminary totals from 2017 showed a total of 15 motorcycle fatalities in New Hampshire, a roughly 17% decrease over the previous year.


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