192 Children Under 9 Hospitali...


192 Children Under 9 Hospitalised After Cycling Crashes Or Accidents

Emma Tyrrell
Emma Tyrrell

08:32 14 Jul 2022

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Almost 1,700 cyclists were hospitalised due to crashes last year.

According to freedom of information figures, it includes nearly 200 children under the age of 9.

A total of 1,693 people were hospitalised after road crashes or transport accidents in 2021. It includes nearly 1,300 men and almost 400 women.

In total, 583 cyclists under 19 years of age were hospitalised last year, including 192 kids under 9.

Martina Callinan from Galway Cycling Campaign says every local authority needs to prioritise safer streets;

"Our lives really depend on it. We need upgraded laneways and shortcuts between housing estates on routes to school. We need to widen our footpaths, we need to eliminate rat-running and we need to reduce the volume of cars from school gate zones."

These figures include only inpatient and day-case presentations, so don't account for emergency department admissions. It means the total figure could be higher.

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