Wearing a helmet while riding a bike, skateboarding and rollerskating can earn young people a treat and a ticket.
A positive ticket, that is.
Terrace RCMP and the City of Terrace Bylaw office have been handing out “positive tickets” to youths under age 17 when they are spotted wearing a helmet while doing these activities.
Along with the positive ticket is a reward, a coupon for an ice cream cone at Mcdonalds, another partner in the positive ticket campaign and who donated the coupons.
“The campaign seeks to reinforce the importance of helmet safety and educate children about brain injury prevention,” says city bylaw officer Dwayne Sheppard, adding that It’s important to keep these messages about riding safety throughout the year in people’s minds.
The ticket is a great ice breaker for conservation between police and young kids, says Sheppard.
It is hoped in future this program will develop to incorporate other businesses in the Terrace area, he adds.
In addition, each positive ticket includes additional information for children and parents to read on brain injury and helmet safety.
The positive ticket campaign will continue until school starts and possibly until the end of September.
Terrace RCMP hosts numerous bike safety courses throughout the school year.