We agree with Missouri Department of Transportation Director Pete Rahn when he says changing the mandatory motorcycle helmet law makes no sense.
We agree with Missouri Department of Transportation Director Pete Rahn when he says changing the mandatory motorcycle helmet law makes no sense. The bill, which was passed by the Missouri Legislature this year, sits on Gov. Jay Nixon’s desk awaiting his signature.
The bill states that motorcycle operators and passengers 21 years of age and older would not be required to wear a helmet unless on an interstate. That makes a lot of sense. Everyone knows that interstates are more dangerous than the curvy, pothole-riddled back roads of Missouri.
Our other question is this: Why is age factored in the legislation? Is a 20-year-old less safe than a 21-year-old?
A recent survey showed supporters for the mandatory helmet law outnumber opponents by more than a 9 to 1 ratio. Doesn’t sound like our legislators were voting the will of their constituents, does it?
It also is a known fact that helmets save lives. The National Highway Safety Association estimates that motorcycle helmets saved 1,784 lives across the country in 2007.
And what about the loss revenue that will be felt by helmet manufacturers and dealers in Missouri?
But some motorcycle enthusiasts contend that riding without a helmet is more fun and that the state shouldn’t micromanage their lives.
Do our legislators really want to trade saving lives for allowing a few people have more fun?
We urge Gov. Nixon to veto this dangerous piece of legislation. We can’t afford any more lost lives.