Hel­met wear­ers win

Central Queensland News - - NEWS -

PO­LICE are en­forc­ing hel­met safety within the com­mu­nity this term, with a ma­jor prize up for grabs as in­cen­tive.

A habit of not wear­ing hel­mets among younger gen­er­a­tions has trig­gered the pro­ject, which will raise aware­ness of bi­cy­cle and scooter safety and rid­ing safety in gen­eral around town.

Emer­ald Po­lice Con­sta­ble Dave Shanahan said the ob­jec­tive of the op­er­a­tion was to raise aware­ness and ed­u­ca­tion in chil­dren.

“Ev­ery time we see a pri­mary school, kinder­garten, or day­care aged child rid­ing around with a hel­met – ei­ther on their scooter or bike – they will get a cer­tifi­cate which will put them in the draw to win a brand new bike,” he said.

“All pri­mary schools will be made aware and, at the end of the term, we will de­liver a new bike to a stu­dent.”

As well as the chance to win a bike, po­lice will also give away frozen coke vouch­ers for those obey­ing the law.

Const Shanahan said a lot of the time kids didn’t wear hel­mets on scoot­ers be­cause they didn’t have to.

“That’s why if we see a kid on a scooter wear­ing a hel­met, they’ll get a cer­tifi­cate too,” he said.

“Kids should wear hel­mets with scoot­ers for the same rea­son as a bike – it’s just as easy to fall off.

“A lit­tle rock can knock you off a scooter and it’s been shown if you have a hel­met on, your less likely to hurt your­self.”

As well as ed­u­cat­ing young­sters, Emer­ald po­lice will show zero tol­er­ance for bi­cy­cle of­fences.

Const Shanahan said they were ed­u­cat­ing kids and en­forc­ing bike-re­lated leg­is­la­tion within the com­mu­nity.

“We will tar­get all bi­cy­cle of­fences,” he said. “These in­clude rid­ing with no hel­met, rid­ing with a mo­bile phone in hand and rid­ing at night with­out a light.”

PHOTO: THINKSTOCK

BIKE SAFETY: Emer­ald Po­lice will tar­get ed­u­ca­tion and en­force­ment of hel­met safety in the com­mu­nity.

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