Call for Helmets to be Compulsory on the Slopes

July 12th, 2010

Source | 3 News NZ

A leading neurosurgeon is calling for ski helmets to be made compulsory on New Zealand skifields.
It comes after a 21-year-old student suffered fatal head injuries when she fell at Mount Hutt last month.

“I want people to be protected by whatever means necessary,” says Dr Martin Macfarlane, head neurosurgeon at Christchurch Hospital.

“Some people don’t understand the risk and therefore they need help to understand what reduces the risk.
“If that means a law, then that is the way to go.”

In California law requires children under the age of 18 to wear a helmet if they dn’t want their parents to receive an instant fine.

“There are too many people who think they are bullet proof. Helmets should be compulsory,” says ski injury victim John Liddell.

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