Wayne Godsey on Jay Nixon, Helmet Laws in Missouri


KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Legislation modifying Missouri’s motorcycle helmet law is on its way to the governor’s desk.The new law allows motorcyclists, 21 and older, to ride on Missouri’s streets and roads without wearing a helmet. They will still be required to wear helmets on interstate highways.You’ve got to wonder what lawmakers were thinking.A 2007 study by researchers at the the University of Missouri and the University of Tennessee concluded that motorcycle death rates increased by an average of more than 12 percent in states that repealed universal helmet requirements.

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