Thousands of motorcycle riders who will travel through Missouri this summer on their way to the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota may get a reprieve from the state’s mandatory helmet law. This video from 2009 proves that this is in no way a new debate. State lawmaker, Rep. Delus Johnson, R-St. Joseph, has officially introduced his so-called “Helmet Holiday” bill.
The proposed bill would lift the current helmet law for the month of August in an effort to promote tourism connected with riders on their way to Sturgis. Not surprisingly, the Missouri State Medical Association stands in direct opposition to this bill.
Governor Jay Nixon vetoed a similar bill passed by the legislation in 2009 which would have repealed Missouri’s motorcycle helmet law altogether. At the time, he saw it as being too costly in terms of both dollars and lives. The current law requires a helmet be worn by all riders, including adults. Supporters of Johnson’s bill see it as an issue of personal freedom, citing other potentially dangerous activities such as skydiving. Opponents, however, claim that there is no constitutional freedom from helmets.
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