Motorcycle Riders Sound Off As Lawmakers Consider New Helmet Law

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ST. LOUIS, MO. (KTVI) - Missouri motorcycle riders are weighing in on a controversial bill regarding helmets.

The Missouri House endorsed a bill that would allow anyone over 21 to ride a motorcycle without a helmet Wednesday.

The bill still needs one more vote to move on to the Senate.

"I thinks we should have the choice to wear a helmet or not," Brian Owens said. "I choose to wear one because I have a 15-month-old little girl who I want to go home to every night."

Fox 2 spoke with Jon Sykes at Doc's Harley Davidson about the issue.

"It can save your life, and at this point it is the law," Sykes said. "However, some just want the freedom to choose."

Owens said he has had several friends who were injured on motorcycles.

"The road rash you get from falling hurts, but if you don't have a helmet and crack your skull that is it for you," Owens said. "But I am not dogging anyone who does not wear a helmet."

May 1 marked the first day of biker awareness month.

"It's all about reminding everyone that bikers are out on the roads and people need to pay attention," Sykes said.

Owens said he and his fellow riders are paying close attention to what is going on in the Missouri House.

"We watch, but if we really want to we can just go over to Illinois and ride without a helmet," Owens said.

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