20/08/2009

Hjelme for bilister. Nu!

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Hjelme for bilister er ikke noget nyt. Et australsk firma producerede dem tilbage i 80'erne. Og gåhjelme for fodgængere har vi jo snakket om.

Bilister har en højere risiko for hovedskader til trods for sikkerhedssæle og airbags. Det vil være logisk hvis bilisthjelme blev promoveret på lige fod med cyklisthjelme, Især her i verdens sikreste cykelland. Men Rådet for Større Færdselssikkerhed er åbenbart ikke så meget for logik.

Nu har University of Adelaide i Australien udviklet en smartere bilisthjelm for at beskytte de meget sårbare bilister.

Her er hvad Centre for Automotive Safety Research [CASR] i Australien siger:

The Centre has been evaluating the concept of a protective headband for car occupants. In about 44 percent of cases of occupant head injury, a protective headband, such as the one illustrated, would have provided some benefit. One estimate has put the potential benefit of such a device (in terms of reduced societal Harm) as high as $380 million, compared with $123 million for padding the upper interior of the car. This benefit derives from the fact that in a crash, the head strikes objects other than those that could be padded inside the car.


Wikipedia har lidt mere:
CASR were investigating the benefits of padding the inside of a car, which is a legal requirement in some jurisdictions. They discovered that although the head may strike any of a number of places in a car, many of which would be difficult to pad, that about half of all serious head injuries occurred to the forehead, side of the head or behind the ears. From these findings CASR embarked upon a project to develop a headband which could protect these areas of the head in a car collision.

Skal Rådet for Større Færdselssikkerhed ikke koncenterer deres energi og penge på kampagner der sætter fokus på hvor farlig bilisme er? Det er veletablerede at skræmmekampagner til fordele for cykelhjelme skræmmer folk væk fra cyklen. Det er set over hele verden.

Skal vi ikke istedet fokusere på at få flere folk til at cykle? Bilisthjelmkampagner vil være yderst effektive. Og logisk. Og rationalt.



Bilisthjelme. Nu mere end nogensinde.

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