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Motorcyclists over twenty-one may not be required to wear helmets.

February 7, 2001
By: Jenny Hoff
State Capital Bureau
Links: HB 70

Some motorcyclists would no longer have to keep their helmets on under a proposed bill. Jenny Hoff has more from Jefferson City.

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Lobbyists say forcing motorcyclists over twenty-one to wear helmets goes against their rights of personal choice.

Carol Rorarke, representing Freedom of the Road Riders says there is no real proof that not having a helmet law would result in more injuries.

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Contents: Roararke says the states that do not have helmet laws report more injuries because there are more motorcycle drivers, not lack of helmets.

The lobbyists say adult motorcyclists should have the freedom to make their own decision. Opponents of the bill say if there are more motorcycle injuries, the taxpayers will have to pick up the tab. From the state Capitol, this is Jenny Hoff with KMOX.


Safety representatives say if motorcycle helmets are no longer required, the people of Missouri will have to pay the price. More with the story is Jenny Hoff from the state Capitol.

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Motorcyclists over twenty-one would no longer have to motorcycle helmets under a proposed bill.

Bill Jarmin, a lobbyist for Missourian Physicians says making helmets no longer a requirement would force Missouri tax payers to pick up the tab.

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Contents: Jarmin says more injuries would cause more hospital bills that Missourians have to pay for.

Other safety lobbyists say if helmets are necessary for people under twenty-one, then they are important enough to make all motorcyclists wear. People supporting the bill say motorcyclists deserve the freedom of choice. From Jefferson City, this is Jenny Hoff.


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