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9:41 am
Mon July 6, 2009

Nixon Vetoes Motorcycle Helmet Repeal

Jefferson City, MO – Governor Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have repealed most of Missouri's motorcycle helmet law. Marshall Griffin reports.

Motorcycle riders in Missouri still have to wear helmets. A bill that would have allowed them to ride helmet-free if they're at least 21 years old has been vetoed by Governor Jay Nixon. The bill would have still required helmet use on interstate highways. Tom Holloway with the Missouri State Medical Association says he applauds the governor's veto.

Holloway: "We believe very strongly that the helmet law serves the state well it's saved lives, it's prevented injuries, and it's saved countless dollars in unnecessary health care costs."

Supporters of the repeal are disappointed, and will urge lawmakers to override the governor's veto in September. They say motorcycle riders should have the freedom to choose whether or not to wear a helmet.

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