A national highway safety organization is calling on Missouri’s governor to veto legislation that would allow some motorcyclists to ride without a helmet.
The provision was included in a transportation bill. It would allow riders 26 and older to operate a motorcycle without a helmet, If they have both medical insurance and proof of financial responsibility.
The organization “Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety” say the helmet law saves lives and prevents life-long brain trauma.
Supporters of the repeal say it’s an issue of freedom.
This is a perennial issue that’s been debated annually at the Missouri Capitol for more than 20 years. At least three governors … including Governor Mike Parson in 2019 … have vetoed the helmet repeal in the past.