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Hundreds 'back cycle helmet plea'

A Jersey politician who is bidding to make it compulsory to wear cycle helmets in the island has said he has the backing of hundreds of residents.

Deputy Andrew Green said he has wanted the law since his son suffered a brain injury when he fell from his bicycle.

Jersey's annual Social Survey, released last month, shows more than a third of regular cyclists never wear a helmet.

Deputy Green has asked the States to vote on the law as he said he received requests from hundreds of islanders

The lodged proposition calls on States members to approve the law for all residents or just for children.

'Permanent damage'

The St Helier politician told BBC Jersey he believed the move would prevent serious head injuries.

Speaking about his son he said: "If you'd seen him lying in the road you wouldn't have thought there was anything wrong, not a bruise, no injury to see but he'd banged his head.

"It's just a bruise in the brain really, that's what happens, and as the brain swells - unlike an arm, when it swells there's plenty of space because there's nothing containing it - when a brain swells the only thing it can do is swell inward.

"It cuts the blood supply off to the brain and then you've got permanent damage."

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