Missouri Motorcycle Helmet Law Repealed

Missouri Motorcycle Helmet Law Repealed

There are 62 comments on the publicbroadcasting.net story from Mar 16, 2009, titled Missouri Motorcycle Helmet Law Repealed. In it, publicbroadcasting.net reports that:

For years, efforts to repeal Missouri's motorcycle helmet law fell short in the State Senate. But on Thursday the measure passed, as part of a larger motorcycle insurance bill. Republican Senator Lou-Ann Ridgeway of Clay County sponsored the helmet repeal amendmen.

Riders under 21 will still be required to wear safety headgear, or motorcycle helmet, but over 21, it would be the choice of the individual rider, so long as they are not on Missouri's interstate highways.

But opponents say that's not good enough. The Missouri State Medical Association plans to lobby against the helmet repeal in the State House, where it's been approved in years past. The group says the current mandatory helmet law saves lives and helps keep medical costs down.

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#63 Aug 14, 2011
bud wrote:
why don't the people that ride the scooters all over the place have to wear a helmet?? they don't even have to buy license for the scooter. as long as they have a drivers license. no motorcycle license required but as long as they don't get on an interstate hwy they are good to go. that is BULL. will one head hit the pavement harder than the other
49 cc and under have different rules. Larger scooters (like the Burgman) have the same rules as motorcycles.
Falling from a 49cc machine is more similar to falling from a bicycle, than falling from a motorcycle going 70mph.
But even 49cc can get up to 50 or better, so in the end I agree with you, for the most part.
I think the law was meant for mo-peds, that are mostly motorized bicycles, but some manufaturer figured they could make a 49cc scooter, that had more market interest than a 51cc machine, that needed to be licensed, insured, registered, etc.
I believe in Maryland, top speed allowed on the 49cc is 30mph.

The manufacturers are taking advantage of a loophole in the regulatiions. I would say a good chance the laws will catch up with common sense, and be re-writen.
I see no need for real mo-peds to be under the same restrictions as motorcycles.
Will I Am

Rogersville, MO

#64 May 31, 2014
I belive the choice to wear safety equipment should be just that , a
choice..... Missouri is one of the few surrounding states that impose
a fine and make it mandatory for the use of a helmet....
If you are old enough to go to war and take a bullet for your country
you should be old enough or at least have the choice of wearing a
cheesy helmet or other safety equipment...

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