Share the Road!

Motorcycles are vehicles with the same rights and privileges as any motor vehicle on the roadway.

All motorists are reminded to safely "share the road" with motorcycles and to be extra alert to help keep motorcyclists safe. Motorcyclists are reminded to make themselves visible to other motorists.

Riding and Alcohol DO NOT MIX!

Alcohol is a major contributor to motorcycle crashes and the resulting injuries and fatalities. Alcohol affects those skills essential to riding a motorcycle - balance and coordination. So it plays a particularly big role in motorcycle fatalities.

In 2011, 30% of all fatally injured motorcycle riders had BAC levels of .08 or higher. An additional 7% had alcohol levels of BAC .01 to .07.

Helmets Save Lives!

  • NHTSA estimates that helmets saved the lives of 1,617 motorcyclists in 2011. If all motorcyclists had worn helmets, an additional 703 lives could have been saved.
  • The economic cost savings due to helmet use was approximately $3.4 billion in 2011, and an additional $1.4 billion could have been saved if all motorcyclists had worn helmets.

May is designated Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month. States and motorcycle organizations across the country conduct a variety of activities to promote the importance of motorist awareness and sharing the road with motorcyclists.

Tennessee State Motorcycle Laws*

  • Safety Helmet required by law (TCA 55-9-302)
  • Daytime Use of Headlight required by state law (TCA 55-8-164(b))
  • Eye Protection required by law unless equipped with windscreen (TCA 55-9-304)
  • Lane Splitting not authorized (TCA 55-8-182 (B & C))
  • Mirror Left (L) Right (R) one required by law (TCA 55-9-305)
  • Muffler required, cutouts prohibited (TCA 55-9-202)
  • Passenger Footrest & Passenger Seat required if carrying a passenger (TCA 55-9-305/TCA 55-8-164(a))

*See LexusNexus system for full list of laws and information.

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