Comment 65631

By Kiely (registered) | Posted July 06, 2011 at 10:50:11

Helmets don't stop people from participating in hockey, football or baseball…

Helmets are an insurance policy. If you don't want to wear one, that's fine by me. But it doesn't take much of a blow to the head to cause serious injury, permanent disability or death.

from BHSI

Bicycle helmets have been shown to reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent and the risk of brain injury by as much as 88 percent. Bicycle helmets have also been shown to offer substantial protection to the forehead and midface. It is estimated that 75 percent of bicycle-related fatalities among children could be prevented with a bicycle helmet. Universal use of bicycle helmets by children ages 4 to 15 could prevent between 135 and 155 deaths, between 39,000 and 45,000 head injuries, and between 18,000 and 55,000 scalp and face injuries annually.

According to their statistics it seems a bigger safety issue than helmets may be bicycling while impaired?

Nearly one fourth (23%) of the cyclists killed were drunk. (BAC over .08 g.dl)

Comment edited by Kiely on 2011-07-06 10:50:29

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