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Doctors applaud cycle helmet ruling

Northern Ireland makes protective headgear compulsory for cyclists

Jo Carlowe

Wednesday, 02 February 2011

Doctors in Northern Ireland have applauded a decision by the Northern Ireland Assembly to make the wearing of cycle helmets compulsory.

Members of the Assembly voted in favour of the bill on Monday.

Dr Paul Darragh, Chairman of the British Medical Association’s Council in Northern Ireland said: “BMA welcomes that the Cyclists (Protective Headgear) Bill, sponsored by Mr Pat Ramsey MLA, has been passed by the Assembly. As part of a range of measures to improve cycling safety, BMA has advocated that cycle helmet wearing should be made compulsory.

“It is doctors who witness and treat the range of cycle related injuries after they occur and see firsthand the devastating impacts cycling injuries can have.”

Dr Darragh concluded: “Best evidence supports the use of cycle helmets. They have been shown to reduce the risk of head injury and its severity should it occur in non-fatal collisions. The consequences of traumatic brain injury are significant not only to the individual involved, but to their families and to society as a whole”.

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