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Helmet law proposal passes Missouri House; legislation moves to the state Senate

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Updated April 25, 2014:  Legislation allowing motorcycle riders 21 and older to no longer wear a helmet has passed it's first hurdle in Missouri.  The legislation passed the Missouri House 93 to 56.

The legislation now moves to the state Senate.


Reported April 24, 2014:  Four wheels move the body, two wheels move the soul.

That saying is true to Noah Whitehead a rider, and sales associate at Powersports of Joplin.

"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," said Whitehead.

He believes the choice to wear a helmet should be up to the rider, not lawmakers.

"When you're on the bike there's a risk involved anyway it's just a greater risk of course," said Whitehead.

However Kyle Aldridge is not in the same lane, he disagrees.

"I will always wear a helmet I don't care what the law does," said Aldridge.

Aldridge speaks from experience.

"I been in some car accidents, I've been down on a bike before I could tell you my face would be really screwed up if I didn't have a helmet," said Aldridge.

The current law in Missouri requires motorcyclists of all ages to wear a helmet, or face a fine up to a $25 for each offense.

A bill endorsed this week by the house would allow motorcyclists over the age of 21 to ride without helmets. 

Mercy Hospital Emergency Room Doctor Jim Riscoe says 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," said Riscoe.

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

"Your chances of surviving unimpaired after a close hit injury after a motorcycle accident is slim to none," said Riscoe.

The bill needs one more vote from the house before moving to the senate.

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