From the Safetytown News –
A police chief has gone head-to-head with an MP after calling for compulsory pedestrian helmets.
Sir Graham Dense, Safetyshire’s Police and Crime Commissioner, wants a change in the law to force pedestrians to wear helmets. But Liberal Democrat Julian Evidence, Safetytown’s MP, a keen pedestrian who does not wear a helmet while walking in the city, says any law would backfire.
Conservative Sir Graham says the injuries caused by pedestrian accident head wounds seen by his doctor son helped convince him helmets should be compulsory. Sir Graham said: “I do think that wearing a pedestrian helmet should be compulsory. The damage that can be done if a pedestrian hits their head on a kerb can be terrible.
“My son has worked as an accident and emergency doctor and has seen the consequences of head injuries. When you think about it in those terms it seems obvious that a helmet should be worn. I certainly wear one when I am walking. It should be safety first all the time.”
Sir Graham’s commonsense-led policy-making is unequivocally backed up by several anecdotes about pedestrians getting hurt in the head. And it’s just obvious that the way to stop pedestrians damaging their heads is to fit them with pedestrian helmets, and to make them wear them all the time. Take these cases, from just the last few days.
A 59-year-old man suffered serious head injuries after he was in collision with a car while crossing College Road, Crawley, shortly after 11.30am on Saturday (9 November). The Kent, Surrey and Sussex air ambulance was called in and the road was closed while emergency services dealt with the incident.
A man in his 60s has suffered serious head injuries after being hit by a car in Hawkinge. Police were called just before 6.15pm on Friday to reports of a crash in Page Road. It is believed a green Toyota Yaris was negotiating a junction on a housing estate when it hit the pedestrian who was crossing the road. The man suffered serious head injuries and was taken to William Harvey Hospital in Ashford.
Leicestershire Police are appealing for witnesses to an accident which has left a 29-year-old man with serious head injuries. The incident happened just before 2.30am on Sunday near the Aberdale Inn pub in Shackerdale Road, West Knighton, which is just off the A563 Asquith Way. It involved a man and a woman who were on foot and a black London-style taxi cab. The 29-year-old male pedestrian was taken to the Queen’s Medical Centre in Nottingham with serious head injuries. He was in a critical but stable condition.
A 34–year–old woman is in hospital being treated for serious injuries after being hit by a vehicle in Matlock last night. The accident happened at 5.15pm yesterday at the junction of Church Street and the A615 at Matlock Green. The woman, of Matlock, sustained head injuries after being hit by a blue Range Rover. She is being treated at Queen’s Medical Centre, in Nottingham.
Do we not care about our pedestrians’ fragile skulls? Obviously too many pedestrians think it’s just not ‘cool’ to wear pedestrian helmets, or that it might mess up their hair. It’s time for a law.