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Wearing a helmet can earn rewards for bicyclists and skaters

Post Date:04/18/2019 1:03 pm
This spring and summer, when Plymouth police officers or firefighters spot cyclists or skaters wearing a bike or multi-sport helmet, they might pull them over and reward them with a certificate that they can redeem for free food or an ice cream treat at a local business.

Public Safety Education Specialist Sara Cwayna said bicycle crashes are the leading cause of summer visits to the emergency room. She cited statistics that say more than 400,000 children age 14 and younger are injured each year – and approximately 300 kids die from their injuries.

“About 85% of bicycling head injuries could have been prevented with the use of a bike helmet,” Cwayna said. “Bike crashes can happen at any time. Even professional bike racers get in serious wrecks.”

Cwayna added that, in three out of four bike crashes, bikers usually get some sort of injury to their head.

The Plymouth Public Safety Department is partnering with several local businesses for the helmet reward program.
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