Tewksbury Police Department Helmet Rewards Program 2015
May 13, 2015 03:00AM
By Kieran Gilman
(Editor's Note: The following information was submitted by the Town of 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. “It’s really a good way to encourage helmet use in town” said Tewksbury Police Department Safety Officer Jennie Welch, who oversees the program.
“It’s actually the law that young people 16 and under wear a bike helmet”, Officer Welch remarked. 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 you get ‘caught’ wearing your helmet, you’ll get a gift certificate courtesy of our local sponsors. If you don’t have a helmet, the police department will provide you with one”, said Officer Welch.
The Tewksbury Police Department would like to thank its local business partners for supporting its efforts to keep the children of Tewksbury safe. This is only one of many events in which the Tewksbury Police Department will be working with its partners to make Tewksbury a safer pedestrian and biking community.
For more information or to get involved, please contact Officer Jennie Welch (978)851-7373, EXT 230.