The 15th annual ROT Rally, or Rally Of Texas, starts tomorrow Thursday. I have been informed by one of my readers that a certain group of riders would have been notified that the Austin Police Dept. will have an on-going campaign to pull over riders they see not wearing a helmet. And we all know that this can lead to other things once you have been stopped. True or not (I will know on Thursday) it is interesting to remind you what is the somewhat unusual helmet law of Texas.
You are NOT required to wear a helmet if 1- you are at least 21 years old AND 2- have successfully completed a motorcycle safety course, or are covered by a health insurance plan providing the person with at least $10,000 in medical benefits for injuries incurred as a result of an accident while operating or riding upon a motorcycle. Persons operating, or riding upon, a motorcycle with a helmet exemption sticker displayed on the license plate or license plate mounting bracket are presumed to meet the training or insurance requirements for riding without a helmet. Helmet Exemption stickers are serialized and may not be transferred from one motorcycle to another.
Out Of Texas Riders, as long as they are at least 21 years old AND can show proof of course completion or adequate medical insurance, can ride without a helmet in Texas. Now, I ask this question. How do you prove this when you are pulled over during the Rally? I hope that my Texas friends are going to explain below.