Missouri bill allows adults to forgo motorcycle helmets

Wednesday, May 1, 2013 | 7:39 a.m. CDT; updated 9:19 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, May 1, 2013

JEFFERSON CITY — The Missouri House has endorsed a bill that would allow motorcyclists to forgo wearing helmets on the road.

The measure, given first-round approval Tuesday, would allow riders over the age of 21 to not wear a helmet when traveling.

Current law requires motorists to wear helmets or face a fine of up to $300 on the first offense. Future violations carried steeper fines and the possibility of prison sentences.

The bill needs one more House vote before moving to the Senate. Lawmakers adjourn May 17.

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Jimmy Bearfield May 1, 2013 | 11:22 a.m.

Those who choose to ride without should have their health insurance premiums reflect that choice. Of course, the ACA doesn't allow that, so once again, everyone else has to pick up the tab for the selfish and irresponsible.

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tom kelly May 1, 2013 | 5:28 p.m.

"pick up the tab" What tab?
"selfish and irresponsible" How do you figure?

This is as dumb as seatbelts. Of course it is wise to wear them or even mandatory for kids, but ADULTS are old enough to choose for themselves.

Big Brother has more important things to do than play mommy.

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Jimmy Bearfield May 1, 2013 | 7:29 p.m.

Tom, the ACA allows premiums to reflect only ~35% of the additional cost that lifestyle choices such as obesity and smoking incur. It should be 100%. If you want to ride without a helmet, that should be your choice, but your insurance premium should reflect that (e.g., the cost of someone changing your diaper for the next few decades).

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