A bill has been prepared which would make it compulsory for young cyclists to wear a helmet in Northern Ireland.
SDLP Assembly member Pat Ramsey has finished the first draft of the Stormont bill, which would see parents having to pay a £50 penalty if their child was caught not wearing safety headgear. However, penalties can be suspended if it is a first offense and if the child later purchases protective equipment.
A spokesman for brain injury charity Headway, said: “There are still children being injured in cycling accidents so more needs to be done through both education and legislation.
“Alongside the evidence that cycle helmets save lives and prevent lifelong disability is the common sense notion that wearing a helmet surely provides one’s fragile skull with more protection than not wearing one.
“Too many Headway service users sustained their brain injuries as a result of cycling accidents.
“We all think ’it will never happen to me’. Unfortunately, the evidence proves it does happen and cyclists need to accept they are at risk and better protect themselves before it’s too late.”
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