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Bike helmets save lives

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From Treehugger (and there’s more details at the link):

Whenever we do a post about bike helmets, we get a controversy in comments that often includes statements like “Nowhere that has introduced a helmet law or considerable helmet promotion has been able to demonstrate any reduction in risk to cyclists.”

Well, now they have. A new study released in the Journal of Pediatrics looked at the death rate in Ontario, Canada for kids on bikes before and after the mandatory helmet law was passed in 1995 and found that it cut the death rate in half.

“If you just look at that, then the average of deaths pre-[legislation] and average number of deaths post-[legislation], there is a significant reduction. … And it turns out it’s a 52-per-cent reduction,” said Patricia Parkin, senior author of the study and director of the Paediatric Outcomes Research Team at Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children.

The law only covers those under 18 years old; among adults, who do not have to wear helmets, the death rate rose 5%. Now the authors of the study recommend that the mandatory helmet law be extended to adults as well. ::Globe and Mail

Written by Leisureguy

3 September 2008 at 3:53 pm

Posted in Daily life

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