KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Some Missouri lawmakers want to change the state’s motorcycle helmet laws to promote tourism, and in turn economic development.
These lawmakers are in favor of suspending Missouri’s helmet requirement for the month of August each year to coincide with the annual Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota, which draws hundreds of thousands of bikers. These bikers often skip passing through Missouri because of the helmet law. Lawmakers say the state is missing out on a lot of money as a result.
Not only is the money important, but also the freedom of choice.
It’s these same lawmakers who also are pushing for another measure which would lift the helmet requirement for all riders 21 years and older at all times. However, there are lawmakers and outside groups who oppose changing the helmet requirements even in the slightest.
The medical association argues the rate of head injuries will skyrocket.
The legislature passed a bill in 2009 repealing Missouri’s helmet law, but Governor Jay Nixon vetoed it citing concerns about increased health care costs and safety issues.
One person is dead after a SUV ran a red light in Berkeley last night around 9:30.
Missouri Highway Patrol officials say 29 year old Leroy Jennings of St. Louis was southbound on Evergreeen, ran a red light at the intersection and collided with an eastbound car on Airport Road.
A passenger in Jennings sport utility vehicle, 34 year old Lawrence Woods of St. Louis, was seriously hurt and taken to Barnes Jewish Hospital.
The other driver, a 23 year old Brentwood woman suffered minor injuries in the collision.
The United Mine Workers are unhappy with the decision of a bankruptcy court to side with Patriot Coal today. The ruling is the latest chapter in saga concerning benefits for retired miners. Patriot Coal is an independent company, but was created by spinning off part of Peabody Energy. Patriot argued they needed to cut retiree's benefits to stay in business. The Miners argued they had been promised benefits and should not have them taken away. The decision came on the last day the court could rule on the matter.