City Program Encourages Children To Wear Bicycle Helmets

LINDEN—Thorough the end of October, the Linden Police Department will reward children who wear a helmet when bicycling with a “ticket” for a free ice cream cone from Dairy Queen in Linden.

Brain injury can cause death or have severe lifelong effects on thought processes, emotions, mobility, and speech.  “A properly worn helmet is the single most effective safety device available,” former Surgeon General Dr. C. Everett Koop, MD said.

The “Think Positive Helmet Safety Reward Program” is a part of a statewide education and awareness initiative designed to prevent brain injury in children and promote the NJ state law that requires all children under 17 to wear a helmet when bicycling, roller skating, or skateboarding.

Linden police officers will distribute “tickets” to children spotted wearing their helmets during wheeled activities.  Each summons can be redeemed for a free ice cream cone at the Dairy Queen, on North Wood Avenue in Linden. The tickets will also contain information about the new state helmet law and helpful hints for correct helmet sizing and placement.

Safe Kids and the Brain Injury Association of NJ will supply free helmets for children whose families are unable to purchase them and will be available from the Linden Police Department.  These children will then have a chance to be seen with their helmet and get rewarded.

Any question about the program or bicycle safety laws can be directed to the Linden Police Traffic Bureau at (908) 474-8505.

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