Tewksbury Police Officers Are On The Lookout ... For Safe Riders
May 15, 2014 11:18AM
By Bill Gilman
Tewksbury Police Department.
(Editor's Note: The following information was submitted by the Tewksbury Police Department.)
The Tewksbury Police Department is on the lookout! Officers are looking to reward young people “caught” wearing their bike helmets with gift certificates. These certificates can be redeemed at the local McDonald’s, The Pushcart, or a Lowell Spinner’s game.
The Department is excited to offer this program again to raise awareness and hopefully increase helmet use in Town.
Massachusetts law requires children 16 years of age or younger, who operate a bicycle, or who ride as a passenger on a bicycle, on a public way or bike path, to wear a properly fitted and fastened helmet. A bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of serious head and brain injury by as much as 90%. Unfortunately, 89% of people killed in bicycle crashes with motor vehicles were not wearing a helmet. For more information on the bicycle helmet law and bicycle safety tips, go to www.mass.gov/highwaysafety .
If a child does not have a helmet, the Police Department can provide one.
The Tewksbury Police Department would like to thank our local business partners for supporting its efforts to keep the children of Tewksbury safe.
For more information or to get involved, please contact Officer Jennie Welch (978)851-7373, EXT 230.
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