A new study of 314 primary school children aged between 8 and 13 years in disadvantaged areas in Dublin, has found that half of children surveyed reported never having used protective headgear.
The report also concluded that it was worse for older children who were even less likely to report wearing a bike helmet.
The study which was published in the latest edition of the Irish Medical Journal that regardless of age more girls (61%) than boys (39%) indicated always/sometimes using helmets when cycling.
Speaking about the results of the study, Product Liability Solicitor, Liam Moloney said today,
“the findings of this study relating to helmet wearing by children are a cause of serious concern. The Government should immediately consider introducing mandatory protective headgear for cyclists, particularly children”.