Missouri bill would let riders over 21 lose the helmets

Publish Date: 
Apr 25, 2014

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A bill endorsed this week by the Missouri House would let motorcyclists over the age of 21 ride without helmets. 

Missouri law requires motorcyclists of all ages to wear a helmet, or face a fine up to $25 for each offense. The bill repealing that requirement for riders 21 and older needs one more vote from the House before moving to the Senate.

Missouri Highway Patrol statistics show in 2012, 104 people were killed in motorcycle crashes and more than 2,400 were injured.

Noah Whitehead, a sales associate at Powersports of Joplin, told KOAM he favors the change.

"I love it. It's just the feel of the air going through and to me you actually get a better view with the helmet off also," he said. "When you're on the bike there's a risk involved anyway, it's just a greater risk.”

Mercy Hospital emergency room doctor Jim Riscoe said if you want to arrive alive, wear a helmet.

"Regardless how you feel about freedom of the road you only have one brain and you only have one life," he said. "Your chances of surviving unimpaired after a close-hit injury after a motorcycle accident is slim to none."

Posted by Holly Wagner