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'Make airbag jackets compulsory' says A&E doctor

Parts of the medical profession would like to see airbag jackets made compulsory for bikers, says BBC report

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Submitted by Visordown News on Fri, 13/02/2009 - 08:55

MANY MOTORCYCLISTS' lives could be saved if air bag jackets were made compulsory, accident and emergency doctors have said.

A report on today's BBC News says that doctors believe the protective qualities of an airbag jacket could significantly reduce the number of fatalities on Britain's roads. Statistics show 561 bikers died on the UK's roads in 2007.

In the BBC report, Andy Parfitt, an A&E doctor at St Thomas' Hospital in London, said: "There is a shocking number of deaths of motorcyclists on the roads. I think dozens of lives could be saved if these jackets were made compulsory."

The report also shows video footage of a stunt rider testing a jacket's protection qualities, in a staged crash at Goodwood race circuit.

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