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Cleveland Police Encourage Bike Helmet Safety

Cleveland Police Department Chief Tim Barber and Officer Aaron Katzka's recently paid a visit to second graders at Cleveland Elementary School's to teach them about bike safety and the rules of the road and to stress the importance of wearing a bike helmet.

Each student received a coloring book with bike safety rules and a free bike helmet of their own with funds donated by Dassler's Sales and Service and the Cleveland Snow Hawks snowmobile club. The students were inquisitive and had some wonderful questions of the officers and were thrilled to know that if a Cleveland police officer or fire department member "catches" them wearing a helmet and obeying bike safety rules they will be given a coupon donated by Bonde's Quik Mart to get a free ice cream, cookie or candy bar.

The officers explained to the students that bike riding is a lot of fun, but accidents happen. Every year about 300,000 children go to the emergency department because of bike injuries. Some of these injuries are so serious that children die, usually from head injuries. A head injury can mean brain injury. That's why it's so important to wear your bike helmet. Wearing one doesn't mean you can be reckless, but a helmet will provide some protection for your head and brain in case you fall down.

Sheboygan Area School District Press Release
May 19, 2009