Bicycle helmets can help prevent serious head injuries and even save the lives of riders, which is why Assemblyman Jim Tedisco (R,C,I-Schenectady-Saratoga) is once again sponsoring the Safe Summer Program. This joint effort of local business owners and law enforcement officials encourages young bicyclists to wear safety helmets while riding their bikes.
"This program rewards children who are ‘caught’ wearing a helmet while biking or skating, and practicing safe riding techniques," said Tedisco. "In the event a child is wearing a helmet, police officers can issue a ‘good ticket’ containing a coupon for a free ice cream at Ben and Jerry’s, Friendly’s or Stewart’s shops."
According to Tedisco, state law requires children under 14 years of age to wear helmets while riding bikes. Police officers in participating municipalities will issue Safe Summer Program "tickets" to young bicyclists who are not wearing helmets. Each ticket contains a coupon for $5 off the regular price of a bike helmet at Dick’s Clothing and Sporting Goods.
"Bike riding is a fun activity that’s great exercise, but proper safety gear should be worn while riding," Tedisco said. "In the past, our law enforcement officers have issued many ‘good tickets,’ and I’m pleased a local sporting goods store is helping equip our children with helmets. I thank Dick’s for its continued participation, and also Ben and Jerry’s, Friendly’s and Stewart’s for once again donating ice cream this summer."
Tedisco also expressed his thanks to local law enforcement personnel for issuing Safe Summer Program tickets. The participating municipal police departments include Ballston Spa, Glenville, Niskayuna, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady and Scotia, and the sheriff departments of Saratoga and Schenectady counties.