August 6th, 2014
As Jersey introduces a new cycle helmet law making it compulsory for children under the age of 14 to wear a helmet, questions are being asked as to whether this is the initial steps before the law is introduced nationwide.
Cycle helmets have been proven to reduce the risk of brain injury by up to 88% and in countries where cycle helmets are compulsory, brain injury statistics have been reported to fall dramatically by as much as 50%.
This is the first law of its kind to be passed under British jurisdiction after legislation which was proposed back in 2010 by the then Minister for Housing and Chair of the brain injury charity, Headway UK, Deputy Andrew Green.
The introduction of this law is a personal triumph for Mr Green who has his own reasons for wanting helmets to be compulsory. His 9 yr old son Christopher was knocked off his bike 26 years ago and wasn’t wearing a helmet. He sustained a life changing brain injury which had a huge impact on the family in terms of emotional distress and the financial burden of providing life long, 24 hour care.
This law has been introduced in Jersey in an effort to reduce the number of head injuries sustained in cycle accidents every year and it is hoped that it will prove to be a success and pave the way for compulsory helmet laws in the UK, improving road safety for children.