The Tewksbury Police Department is on the lookout! Officers are looking to reward young people “caught” wearing their bike helmets with Spinner’s Baseball tickets. “It’s really a good way to encourage helmet use in town” said Tewksbury Police Department Community Service Officer Jennie Welch, who oversees the program.
“It’s actually the law that young people 16 and under wear a bike helmet”, Officer Welch remarked. 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 the risk of serious head and brain injury by as much as 90%. Unfortunately, 89% 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 http://www.mass.gov/highwaysafety.
“If you get ‘caught’ wearing your helmet, you’ll receive two tickets for a home game courtesy of the Lowell Spinners. If you don’t have a helmet, the police department will provide you with one”, said Officer Welch.
The Tewksbury Police Department would like to thank its local business partners for supporting its efforts to keep the children of Tewksbury safe. This is only one of many events in which the Tewksbury Police Department will be working with its partners to make Tewksbury a safer pedestrian and biking community.
For more information or to get involved, please contact Community Service Officer Jennie Welch (978)851-7373, EXT 230.
The Tewksbury Police Department urges any citizens who suspect criminal activity to call the Dispatch Center @ 978-851-7373. If you wish to remain anonymous please call the Tip Line @ 978-851-0175 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org .