Wear a Helmet, Get Free Water Ice

NJ town giving free treats to kids in helmets

Monday, Jun 17, 2013  |  Updated 7:56 AM EDT
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Wear a Helmet, Get Free Water Ice

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Put a helmet on and possibly get a free treat.

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A local community is launching a new kind of citation from police -- one that rewards instead of punishes.

Kids caught wearing helmets when they are riding, bikes, scooters, skateboards or on skates in Collingswood, N.J. this summer are to be used “friendly tickets” good for a free water ice.

The Philadelphia Inquirer reports the program in the Camden County town that starts on Friday is modeled after a similar one in Brimfield, Ohio.

Officers will be encouraged to issue as many “friendly tickets” as possible.

"We can't stress enough how important helmets are, and we're happy to be involved in anything that encourages kids to wear them," Police Chief Rich Sarlo told the Inquirer. "Plus, it's a great way for neighborhood kids to get to know their police officers."

Cyclists under 17 are required by New Jersey law to wear helmets. But officials hope the incentive increases compliance.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention only about half of children between ages 5 to 14 wear helmets while riding.

 


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