Missouri Senate Repeals Mandatory Motorcycle Helmet Law
March 13, 2009
JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (AP) - The Missouri Senate votes to allow people at least 21 years old to ride a motorcycle without wearing a helmet. Missouri has required riders to wear helmets for decades, but some lawmakers have been trying to overturn that law, arguing that it infringes on civil liberties. Even under the repeal, riders would still need to wear a helmet on interstate highways.
Critics of changing the law include a Kansas City senator whose son died in a motorcycle crash 10 years ago. Democratic Sen. Yvonne Wilson says requiring helmets has saved people from serious brain damage or death.
The Senate voted 23-6 yesterday to pass a motorcycle insurance bill that contains the helmet provisions. The measure now moves to the House where it has passed before.