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July 3, 2000
LEGISLATOR MUSCARELLA: BIKE HELMETS SAVE LIVES
Nassau County Legislator Vincent Muscarella (R-West Hempstead) is reminding residents that using bike helmets saves lives. "In Nassau County over 100 of our children are hospitalized each year because of bicycle injuries. Many more are treated in hospital emergency rooms and doctors offices," said Legislator Muscarella. "In the United States if everyone wore bicycle helmets, there would be one less death every day and one less brain injury every four minutes".
New York State Law requires all children under the age of 14 to wear an approved helmet while bicycling, skateboarding and in-line skating. Remember helmets are not just for children. Serious injuries can happen to persons of any age. A 20 mph bike crash has the same force as a fall from the 3rd story of a building!
"Safety begins at home. By setting a good example and insisting that children wear their helmets, this summer will be a safe and enjoyable one," concluded Legislator Muscarella.