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News 4 questions why Missouri wants to increase rules for seatbelts, but lower helmet restrictions

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(KMOV)-- A News 4 viewer posed a question on KMOV’s Facebook page: Why is the Missouri legislature deciding if it will increase the fine for not wearing a seatbelt, but also debating the possibility of eliminating the law requiring motorcycle riders to wear a helmet?

Right now, a ticket for not wearing a seatbelt will cost offenders $10. A bill in the Senate right now may increase that to 50.
 
Governor Nixon vetoed an attempt to repeal the state’s mandatory helmet law before, but there is now another new attempt to change the law.
 
Nationally, 83 percent wear seatbelts, but in Missouri, only 74 percent buckle up. A St. Louis senator believes raising the fine will encourage the number to grow.
 
State Senator Joseph Keaveny says, “Statistics all prove that seatbelts save lives, and increased fines also indicate usage will increase as fines go up.”
 
Missouri is one of twenty states requiring all motorcycle riders to wear a helmet.
 
A senate proposal would allow riders 21 and older not to wear one.
 
Supporters of the helmet law repeal say it is not so much that they want to reduce a rider’s safety, but reduce the government’s reach into their lives.

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