Carlisle’s MP has given his support to a brain injury charity’s calls to make it compulsory for children under the age of 16 to wear helmets when cycling.
The move follows a case earlier this year in which a judge warned cyclist Robert Smith that he might not be entitled to the full amount of injury compensation because he had not been wearing a helmet.
Eric Martlew MP is now backing Headway’s campaign for the new law to be introduced, which the charity believes will make a serious difference to the number of young people killed or injured on Britain’s roads.
"It is clear that cycle helmets can save lives. By introducing this new law we can start to reduce the number of children needlessly killed while cycling on UK roads each year," commented Mr Martlew.
Children are almost four times more likely than adults to die in cycling-related accidents, according to figures from the Transport Research Laboratory.