(Editor's note: The following information was submitted by the Tewksbury Police Department.)
The Tewksbury Police Department is on the look out.
They are looking to reward young people “caught” wearing their bike helmets with gift certificates. These certificates can be redeemed at the local McDonald’s, Burger King, or Friendly’s. The Lowell Spinners also donated free tickets for upcoming games. The goal of the Program is to increase helmet use in Town.
It’s actually the law that young people 16 and under wear a bike helmet. 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 risk of serious head and brain injury by as much as 90%. Unfortunately, 89 percent 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 reward. If you don’t have a helmet on, the Police Department will provide you with one.
The Police Department would like to thank the local business for supporting their efforts to keep the children of Tewksbury safe. This is only one of many events to come in which the Tewksbury Police Department will be working with local businesses to help make Tewksbury a safer community. In the upcoming months, the Police Department will be hosting a Bike Rodeo. Children will be able to have they bikes inspected for safety issues, get their helmets fitted correctly, and then ride through an obstacle course designed to teach them bike riding safety. Each child that participates will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win donated prizes. The Tewksbury Police Department will also be hosting a National Night Out Against Crime event on August 7th.
For more information about upcoming events or to get involved, please contact Safety Officer Jennie Welch (978)851-7373, EXT 230.