Current Missouri law requires every person operating or riding a motorcycle to wear protective headgear. The provision in the transportation bill would allow riders 26 and older to operate a motorcycle without a helmet if they have both medical insurance and proof of financial responsibility. Laclede County Sheriff, David Millsap says people who ride motorcycles should wear helmets:
In the proposed bill people riding motorcycles have to have proof of medical insurance and vehicle insurance to be able to ride on Missouri roads and highways without a helmet. Millsap is against not wearing a helmet while riding a motorcycle under any condition and it will be hard to enforce the insurance part of the law:
A national highway safety organization is calling on the governor to veto the bill, because of the helmet provision. The organization “Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety” says the helmet law saves lives and prevents life-long brain trauma.