By John Riddell, News24, Australia article As the death toll continues to rise across NSW and Queensland, a growing number of coronavirus-related deaths are being linked to a helmet-wearing death trooper.
The NSW Department of Health says it has received over 4,000 death reports from coronaviruses since the start of the year.
In the past two weeks, at least six people have died following a head injury caused by a helmet on, and four have died after a collision involving a helmet and car.
“The helmet and driving behaviour is really concerning and they need to be monitored to make sure they’re not causing the problem in the first place,” said Dr Richard Janssens, Chief Medical Officer of NSW.
“What we need to do is look at whether it is an increased risk of a car colliding with a person in a helmet.”
And then we need a lot more education about how to wear helmets in the right conditions.
“The department has also received a large number of reports of a person who died after driving a car into the ground after wearing a helmet, but did not have the required medical conditions.”
We know that there are some people who are getting seriously ill from driving with a helmet in a crash and we need them to be properly assessed and we also need to see if they’re able to drive safely on the road,” Dr Janssen said.”
A lot of people don’t have the conditions to drive a car safely, they’re still getting seriously injured in a car crash.
“Mr Jansstens said it was not yet known if the number of helmet-related coronavirence deaths was on the rise, but there was a significant number of deaths that were related to driving in a motorcycle helmet.
The State Government is also reviewing whether helmet laws should be tightened in the next few years.
The Australian Motorists Association says helmet laws need to change because they were designed to prevent serious injuries, not fatalities.”
It’s a terrible policy to make it so that if you have a helmet there is a chance of being struck by a car, and the risk of that is higher,” said AMA national road safety spokesman Ben White.”
There’s no good reason for a helmet to be mandatory in a road traffic collision, but it is mandatory in road traffic collisions.
“Topics:hubs-and-roads,covid-19,sweden,southern-australiaFirst posted January 25, 2019 07:02:08Contact Andrew DicksonMore stories from New South Wales