Missouri House approves ending motorcycle helmet requirement
JEFFERSON CITY (AP) - A measure to exempt motorcycle riders in Missouri who are at least 21 years old and meet certain insurance requirements is now going to the Senate for consideration.
The Missouri House on Monday approved a proposal to allow older riders to go without helmets by a vote of 97-57.
Supporters say it is a matter of personal freedom and that adults should be allowed to make their own decisions.
Republican Rep. Eric Burlison, of Springfield, says Missouri could attract more motorcyclist events if the requirement were to be lifted.
Opponents criticized the measure as endangering people's lives and health, as well as putting potential health care costs for severe injuries that could result from motorcycle crashes onto state programs.