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Missouri Could Change Motorcycle Helmet Law
10:06 AM CDT on Thursday, April 30, 2009
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Legislation modifying Missouri’s motorcycle helmet law is on its way to the governor.
The bill would allow those 21 and older to ride without helmets on all Missouri roads except interstate highways.
The House gave the bill final approval Wednesday on a vote of 93-65. It cleared the Senate earlier.
Proposals to repeal the mandatory helmet law have been controversial in the past. But this year’s measure, to simply modify the law, received little debate in either chamber.
Supporters of Missouri’s existing helmet law say the protective headgear keeps motorcyclists safer during a potentially dangerous activity.
But some motorcycle enthusiasts contend it’s more fun to ride without a helmet. They’ve argued that the state should micromanage their lives.