July 23, 2016

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Kid bicyclists wearing helmets to be rewarded

MEDINA — Wadsworth and Medina police departments will be on the lookout this summer to reward youngsters who are wearing their helmets when riding bicycles and scooters.

Officers will issue safety citations to children 12 and younger who are riding safely. The citations can be redeemed at local Dairy Queens for a child’s cone and at the AAA for a free “goodie bag” with a coloring book, crayons, water bottle and bike safety literature.

Children who bring their safety citations to AAA offices in Medina, 150 Northland Drive, and Wadsworth, 1090 Williams Reserve Blvd., will be entered into a drawing to win one of six bicycles. Three will be awarded to children in Wadsworth and three in Medina.

According to AAA, more children, ages 5 to 14, are treated in hospital emergency rooms with injuries related to biking than any other sport. Head injuries are the most common cause of death and serious injuries among bicyclists.

“We are trying to influence future behaviors in a positive way,” Police Chief Patrick Berarducci said.

Berarducci said the program is a good way for officers to interact with children.

“This is a good opportunity for officers to relate to youngsters in a good and friendly way,” he said.

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