kids children bicycle yom kippur 224.
(photo credit: Ariel Jerozolimski)
More children were wounded in bicycle accidents in Rehovot in 2011 than any
other Israeli city, road safety organization Or Yarok reported Monday,
based on figures from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).
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to the report, 32 children were injured nation-wide in bicycle accidents in the
first half of 2011, eight of them seriously. Five of those injuries took
place in Rehovot.
However, compared to the same period in 2010, the number of children
injured in bicycle accidents fell by 37 percent from 51 in the first
half of 2010. Between 2003 to 2010, 818 children were injured in bicycle
accidents on the roads. Fifteen were killed and 250 were seriously
injured and 515 lightly injured.
Prior to 2011, Tel Aviv had the highest number of children injured in
such accidents. Between 2003 and 2010, 98 children were injured in
bicycle accidents on the city's roads and three were killed.
Addressing the need for children to wear bicycle helmets and their
parents' influence on them, Or Yarok Director-General Shmuel Abuav said:
"It has been
shown that when it comes to children's safety, behavioral patterns are
influenced by parents.”
Therefore, he criticized “the helmet law amendment, which recently
passed in the Knesset, that removed the requirement for adults to wear
helmets in urban areas,” saying it “may negatively affect the
helmet-wearing habits of children in the future.”