Missouri Bill to Change Helmet Law

KOLR 10 in Missouri has an article about state legislators considering a bill to modify the helmet law to give riders 21 and over the optio...

KOLR 10 in Missouri has an article about state legislators considering a bill to modify the helmet law to give riders 21 and over the option.

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  1. My son is 35 years old and you say he should be able to decide if he needs or wants to wear a helmet while sitting on top of something that can go over 100 miles an hour. While I'm 54 years old and INSIDE AN ENCLOSED VEHICLE and I'll get a ticket if I don't have on a seatbelt? Someything is not right with this picture! Just because the State wants money from the bikers that don't travel though Missouri, does not give them the right to let my son get hurt or killed legally. If there is a petition against this law change I don't know one mother who would not sign it.

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  2. Well your son is old enough to to make his own decisions and as far as the seat belt well I dont agree with that law either . It's to the point were dang near ALL OUR Rites ARE Gone......Let Those Ride Decide........It's all A Money thing.

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  3. At 100 mph, a helmet is useless...

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  4. Well if you are going to compair seatbelts and helmets then you need to attach something that can weigh as much as ten to fifteen lbs to your head and stick your head out the car window just to see how it will affect your son's abillity to function at lets say 60 mph not counting the fact that it takes away from visibility and hearing also while you have your head out the window turnd your head from side to side and get a true feel of how the wind makes you go from being able to ride with smooth consistancy to being able to keep your balance look i understand your concerns and not trying to be rude but untill you have been on a bike with and without a helmet (IN THE DRIVERS SEAT) then you really dont know what is safe for your son on a motorcycle. So please get the facts not seatbelt arguments to make your case I am 48 years old and have a son that rides to so i can understand you concerns.
    Ride Slow Live Long Love Hard

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  5. I Have recently returned from Iraq after being severly wounded twice. I am from Missouri, but currently live in Kansas (no helmet law). I love the freedom of being able to choose to wear a helmet while riding my motorcycle. We let our men and women choose to join the military and fight during times of war, why not let them make their own choice on helmets. Speaking as a "Free American" I want the decision to be mine. For those of you who disagree, I recommend stop riding all together or make your own personal decision, quit trying to make everyone elses decision for them. There are those who will drive responsibly and there are those who won't wether it be in a car, motorcycle, bus, boat etc. Goodness whats next people, we'll soon be wearing helmets inside cars because some liberal wants us to, and some other idiots are going to agree with him. Let Freedom Ring People!

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  6. When working for F.O.R.R. Inc., in Jefferson City in 1997, I was involved in compiling information on this subject. In doing so, I went to MODOT and picked up a copy of their DOT approved helmet testing results. I was amazed to learn that their drop test showed that a DOT approved helmet falling at only 13 m.p.h. was unsafe, as that it repeatedly busted.
    As a rider, I feel more comfortable out on the road without one, reasons being, 1. They hamper my ability to hear by creating a wind tunnel in my ears, 2. They catch the wind and put extreme stress on my neck and shoulders, which becomes very distracting on long rides, 3. They cause blind spots when looking over my shoulder to check traffic.
    I do believe that they should be worn by minors and inexperienced riders, and that they definatly need to be improved on, I personally believe that the straps need to be placed a little more forward to help hold the front of the helmet in place better to help prevent wind drag, and that full face helmets should be outlawed due to the fact that if thrown from a bike wearing one can and has broken necks due to landing chin first and driving the back of the helmet into the back of the neck.
    I also believe that ALL drivers should be required to take a motorcycle safety course. If other drivers were as aware of us as we are of them, I believe there would be a lot less accidents due hightened awareness, and other mothers would feel just as secure about their younger adults driving or riding, as I do with mine.

    Keep your knees in the breeze.

    Kelli "Girly Girl" Adkins, Springfield, Mo.

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  7. I love to read all the BS about how dangerous helmets are and how they break necks. I've watched a lot of motorcycle racing, at speeds above 100MPH on dirt and asphalt. I've seen some bad crashes, some even fatal. Never seen any racers killed because of their helmets though. Must only be those Missouri helmets attached to F.O.R.R. heads that break necks.....

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  8. Fortunately the Gov vetoed this one. What a dumb law that would require a helmet when I am doing 70+MPH on the highway, but not requiring one when I am riding around town, i.e. city streets. I don't think I need the helmet if I crash on the interstate at 60+MPH, but surely more necessary around town where you can easly get clipped or some dummy pulls out in front of me!

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  9. *shrugs* at any speed over 30mph, helmets are just "brain buckets" to keep yer brains from scattering all over the road and offending the delicate sensibilities of people watching the TV news..so I think the entire helmet issue is just so's those of delicate constitutions can make themselves feel better.. I'll wear a helm when I ride, but not because someone else tells me to do it..I'll wear it so maybe I have a prettier face in an open-casket funeral.

    CJ

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