Doctors are calling for children to be forced to wear helmets while cycling, according to a report in The Times.
The Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine (APEM), which represents accident and emergency specialists, has called on the Government to make it illegal for children under 16 to cycle without wearing head protection.
Cyclists are not obliged by law to wear helmets, even though studies suggest that their use can reduce the risk of head injury by 85%, brain injury by 88% and severe brain injury by 75%.
Doctors voted overwhelmingly to call for legislation at the College of Emergency Medicine’s annual conference in London.
John Heyworth, president of the College of Emergency Medicine, said: “I have seen a number of children with serious head injuries resulting from bicycle riding. It is extremely frustrating to know that the extent of these injuries could have been dramatically reduced had the child worn a helmet.”
A spokeswoman for the DfT said that the Government ‘strongly encouraged’ cyclists to wear a helmet, but that there are no plans to make this a legal requirement.
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