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Brain injury charity backs new law passed in Jersey

Law: Liz Bamber

Law: Liz Bamber

A Preston charity is hoping a new law introduced in Jersey will make its way over to the mainland.

Brain injury association, Headway Preston & Chorley, has welcomed the introduction of the law to make it compulsory for children under 14 to wear helmets while cycling.

Liz Bamber, Headway Development Officer said: ‘Preston has seen an increase in cyclists since the creation of the Guild Wheel which is used by professional cyclists and families alike.

“Being a keen cyclist, I use the wheel regularly and I am staggered by the number of people still not wearing helmets.

“It is hoped that the UK will follow Jersey’s example very soon.”

The legislation was introduced following a vote in the States Assembly of Jersey on July 17.

The proposition to introduce a cycle helmet law on the island was first proposed by Deputy Andrew Green MBE, Minister for Housing, in 2010.

Deputy Green, who is also Chair of Headway UK, said: “I am delighted that this vital piece of legislation has been passed and I congratulate my fellow Members in the Assembly for taking this bold but necessary decision.”

Deputy Green’s nine-year-old son, Christopher, was knocked off his bike while not wearing a helmet and received a serious brain injury.

 

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