"I have some concerns of my step-son riding a motorcycle with his mother. I need to know the rules and regulations of a 4 and 8 year old riding on a motorcycle with their mother (non-custodial)parent. Please e-mail me back with some information. Your time is greatly appreciated. E-mail me back if you need further information."
Illinois traffic laws currently do not prohibit children from riding on a motorcycle with adults. Motorcycles are specifically exempted by both the Seat Belt and Child Passenger Safety laws. The only requirements by law are:
* That all drivers and passengers wear protective glasses or a shield,
* That the motorcycle must have a seat designed for a passenger and be otherwise equipped (usually footpegs)
* That the driver and passenger must ride while sitting astride the seat (one leg on each side of the bike) not side-saddle.
There is no helmet law in Illinois currently, even for children. I certainly understand your safety concerns for your step-son. As the custodial parents, a recourse for you may be to speak with the child's mother and either ask her not to ride the child on the motorcycle, or provide a helmet to offer some degree of protection when they do ride.
Thanks for the opportunity to address your questions. While the Illinois State Police is a strong advocate of child passenger safety, we must work within the laws as they are currently written.