As gas prices continue to rise, more drivers are purchasing motorcycles.
While the alternative seems appealing, there are a few safety concerns officers are facing with the increase in motorcycle drivers.
One of the biggest obstacles facing officers is drivers not wearing helmets in Alabama and also drivers taking their children with them on the bike.
If you're caught doing either of those, you are facing some stiff penalties.
As more drivers take the roadways on motorcycles, Dothan Police officers want to make sure drivers do so safely, especially if there's a child on board.
Officer Thomas Davis with the Dothan Police Department says, "A child has to be big enough to fit the seat and also to hold on and wear a helmet."
Helmets range in price from about $60 dollars to more than $1000 dollars. And, the type of helmet you choose does make a difference when you're on the road.
Jason Edberg with Dothan Powersports said, "You want to have one that's approved by the DOT and is designed so if you have to use it; it’s there for your safety."
Some motorcyclists have been seen on the roadways with small children riding in front of the driver. Not only is that move illegal, it can also get your child killed.
Officer Davis adds, "You are looking at blunt force and that child will fall first and you will fall on top of that child."
Every passenger on a motorcycle in Alabama is required to have a helmet on while riding, including children; and, that helmet must fit.
Bike specialty stores sell children sizes to make sure kids on bikes are prepared in case the bike is involved in an accident.
Fines for driving without a helmet will cost you more than $100 dollars, and if you're caught driving a child on your bike that is deemed to small to hold on themselves, you'll get a reckless endangerment charge.
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