Bike Helmets Could Become Compulsory ({{commentsTotal}})

The number of accidents caused by cyclists has increased Source: Photo: Postimees/Scanpix
News
News

The Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications is mulling a plan to make the wearing of bicycle helmets compulsory.

The amendments, planned with the Ministry of the Interior, would be accompanied by changes in the Penal Code, enabling fines up to 100 fine units (400 euros), the daily Õhtuleht reported today.

Helmets are currently compulsory for cyclists aged under 16 and moped drivers, but there is no legal framework to enforce penalties on offenders.

When the Reform Party changed coalition partners, and the Social Democrats replaced IRL, work on the amendments was stalled but is now on the agenda again.

British neurosurgeon Henry Marsh recently spoke out about helmets and was skeptical of their benefits, but Jaan Eelmäe, neurosurgeon at the Tartu University Hospital, disagrees, calling the criticism “rubbish."

“People survive. And they go on to have a better life if the fall is cushioned by the helmet," he told Õhtuleht.

 



{{c.alias}}
{{c.createdMoment}}
{{c.body}}
{{cc.alias}}
{{cc.createdMoment}}
+{{cc.replyToName}} {{cc.body}}
No comments yet.
Logged in as {{user.alias}}. Log out
Login failed

Register user/reset password

Name needs to be fewer than 32 characters long
Comment needs to be fewer than 600 characters long
{{comment.captcha.word.answer}}

news.err.ee

Opinion
Independence Day: Estonia’s way into the future isn’t a race

There is a lack of connection between the Estonian state, and the people who live here. While it expects a lot of the state, Estonian society doesn’t seem ready to contribute, writes Viktor Trasberg.

Lotman: Security academy would be crucial Estonian identity point in Narva

In an opinion piece published by Eesti Päevaleht, Tallinn University professor Mihhail Lotman found it important to overcome the mental barrier separating Ida-Viru County from the rest of Estonia.

About us

Staff & contacts | Comments rules

Would you like to contribute an article, a feature, or an opinion piece?

Let us know: news@err.ee