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Motorcycle Riders React to Nixon's Veto of Helmet Repeal

Motorcycle Helmet

If anyone’s planning on going for a motorcycle ride, it will have to be with a helmet on. On Thursday, Governor Jay Nixon vetoed legislation that would have relaxed a mandatory helmet law for motorcycle riders in Missouri. KSMU’s Jennifer Moore reports.

Critics of the bill—including safety groups—are, of course, pleased with the governor’s decision. But to find out how motorcycle riders feel about it, we headed out to Denney’s Harley Davidson Motorcycles in Springfield. Amidst the bikes, boots and helmets, we found John Burkett, sales manager at the store. He rides a motorcycle himself. And he began by telling me he wasn’t surprised that the governor vetoed the bill.

Burkett said although he personally would have continued to ride with a helmet even if the bill would have been signed into law, he feels that riders should have the personal choice whether to wear one or not.

The bill would have allowed motorcycle riders ages 21 and older to ride helmet-free on all roads except interstate highways.

For KSMU News, I'm Jennifer Moore.

John Burkett is sales manager at Denney's Harley Davidson Motorcycles in Springfield. The Harley Davidson logo adorns one of the motorcycles in the store. The store sells dozens of motorcycle helmets; this one is decorated with rhinestones. Many motorcycle riders say they would like to have the right to ride without helmets on Missouri roads.