Motorcycle Division

Due to its size, a motorcycle can easily maneuver in and out of heavily congested traffic, and construction zones during emergencies. Also a very important feature is the cost. Equipping a police vehicle may run up to $30,000 compared to $13,000 for a police motorcycle. Another large factor is fuel and maintenance. Police motorcycles are far less expensive than the average patrol car.

Traffic Motorcycle Enforcement - Preparing to Ride
  1. Wear the right gear.
  2. Become familiar with the motorcycle.
  3. Check the motorcycle equipment prior to riding.
  4. Be a responsible rider.

Clothing - The right clothing protects you in a collision
  1. Jackets and pants should cover arms and legs completely. They should fit snugly enough to keep from flapping in the wind, yet loosely enough for you to move freely.
  2. Boots or shoes should be high and sturdy enough to cover your ankles and give them support.
  3. Gloves allow a better grip and help protect your hands in a crash. Your gloves should be made of leather or a similar durable material.

Some Common Law Requirements for Motorcyclists

I.C. 9-24-8-4: Requirement for and privileges of a learner’s permit
  1. The operator must hold a valid operator’s, chauffeur’s or public passenger chauffeur’s license first.
  2. The individual must pass a written examination developed by the bureau of motor vehicles, concerning the safe operation of a motorcycle. A motorcycle learner’s permit authorizes the permit’s holder to operate a motorcycle upon a highway during a period of 1 year, under the following conditions:

    • The holder of the learner’s permit must wear a helmet approved by the Department of Transportation.
    • The motorcycle can only be operated in daylight hours.
    • The motorcycle does not carry passengers other than the operator.
I.C. 9-21-10-9: Protective headgear and face shields for drivers under 18 years of age.

  1. If a person who is less than 18 years of age is operating or riding motorcycle on the streets or highways, the person shall wear the following.

    • Protective headgear meeting the minimum standards set by the bureau of motor vehicles.
    • Protective glasses, goggles, or a transparent face shield.