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Missouri Helmet Law Repeal


Some motorcycle riders in Missouri want freedom on the road. K-S-M-U's Katie Hummel reports.

RIGHT NOW IN MISSOURI, ANYONE RIDING A MOTORCYCLE MUST WEAR A HELMET AND MANY BIKERS SAY THAT'S IMPINGING ON THEIR FREEDOM.

BUT THAT COULD CHANGE IF MISSOURI LEGISLATORS DECIDE TO APPROVE A BILL THAT WOULD REPEAL THE HELMET REQUIREMENT.

THE PROPOSAL WOULD ALLOW ANYONE 21 YEARS AND OLDER TO RIDE A MOTORCYCLE WITHOUT A HELMET.

REBECCA BEASLY IS THE OWNER AND OPERATOR OF THE BRANSON MOTORCYCLE RALLY, AN ANNUAL EVENT.

BEASLY SAYS RIDERS SHOULD GET TO DECIDE IF THEY WEAR A HELMET.

BUT SOME BELIEVE THAT NOT WEARING A HELMET IS A DANGEROUS AND COSTLY CHOICE.

DEBORAH BIGGS IS THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF THE OZARKS SAFETY COUNCIL : AN ORGANIZATION THAT IS LOBBYING AGAINST THE REPEAL.

SHE SAYS SHE BELIEVES CHANGING THE LAW WOULD COST LIVES.

BUT TO REBECCA BEASLY, IT'S NOT JUST A MATTER OF FREEDOM VERSUS SAFETY.

SHE SAYS TOURISM IS SUFFERING IN MISSOURI DUE TO THIS CURRENT LAW.

BUT DEBORAH BIGGS SAYS SHE CAN MAKE AN ECONOMIC ARGUMENT THAT SUPPORTS *KEEPING* THE HELMET LAW.

SHE SAYS REPEALING THE HELMET LAW WOULD COST MISSOURI CITIZENS.

LAWMAKERS HAVE DEALT WITH THE HELMET LAW FOR YEARS.

THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY ACTUALLY PASSED THE REPEAL BUT THEN-GOVERNOR MEL CARNAHAN VETOED IT..

ACCORDING TO THE KANSAS CITY STAR, GOVERNOR MATT BLUNT SUPPORTS REPEALING THE HELMET LAW.