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Children must wear helmets while on bikes

Children younger than age 16 must wear a helmet when riding a bike, according to North Carolina law.
Children younger than age 16 must wear a helmet when riding a bike, according to North Carolina law. rlahser@charlotteobserver.com

School’s closed, so kids are out on bicycles.

But don’t let them leave home without a helmet. It’s the law in North Carolina.

Children younger than 16 are required to wear a helmet when they ride a bike, according to N.C. Department of Transportation.

A helmet can reduce the risk of a severe brain injury by 88 percent, according to N.C. DOT. But less than 50 percent of children typically wear one when they ride.

The result: an average of 20 bicyclists are killed each year while riding in North Carolina – and one in six is under age 16.

Karen Sullivan: 704-358-5532, @Sullivan_kms

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