Heads Up, Helmets On in Amherst

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Successful awareness campaign returning to town this summer

The Amherst Police Department's Heads Up, Helmets On program is returning to town this summer.

The Amherst Police Department’s successful Heads Up, Helmets On program is returning this summer. Police will be rewarding children who wear a helmet when riding their bicycles, scooters, skateboard and inline skates with gift certificates from McDonald’s and Dairy Queen. Const. Tom Wood said the department also has a number of helmets available for children and adults who can’t afford to purchase one.

AMHERST – Kids probably don’t care much for statistics showing how bicycle helmets save lives, but they sure love being rewarded for wearing them.

The Amherst Police Department is bringing back its successful Heads Up, Helmets On program that rewards children who wear their helmets when riding bicycles, skateboards, scooters or inline skates.

“It sure is nice to be able to go over to a child and say here’s a gift certificate for being safe and wearing a helmet,” the department’s crime prevention office Const. Tom Wood said. “I know the children enjoy it and so do the officers because it helps further develop that relationship between our young people and the police department.”

Throughout the summer, officers will be giving out coupons to children from McDonald’s and Dairy Queen for ice cream treats. Wood said the children are being rewarded for being good examples to others.

Wood said officers are continuing to encourage helmet use and he has seen an increase, especially at the Amherst Lions Skate Park. Wood said there are still some youths refusing to wear helmets at the park, but he said the majority are.

The same is true for those riding bikes, skateboards and skates around town.

“I believe our compliance rate is very high, higher than a lot of communities,” Wood said. “The compliance rate is also high among adults, many of whom grew up without the requirement for helmets. They’re being positive role models.”

Children and adults caught without a helmet have the option of taking an alternative measures program in which they hear a presentation about the importance of wearing a helmet.

Those who complete the short session don’t get fined, but those who refuse face a summary offence ticket of $147.

Helmets must be worn when riding a bicycle, skateboard, scooter or inline skates on all streets, sidewalks, parking lots and the skate park.

Wood said the department has a limited number of helmets available to give out to children and adults who are identified as not having the resources to purchase one.

For further information, contact Wood at 667-7227 to book a helmet fitting.

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Twitter: @ADNdarrell

Organizations: Amherst Police Department

Geographic location: Amherst, Amherst Lions Skate Park

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  • Alexis
    June 14, 2014 - 10:50

    The N.S. Motor Vehicle Act requires the wearing of helmets while using a bicycle, skateboard or inline skates. It doesn't have anything to do with the Amherst Police Department specifically. You'll have to find something else wrong with them.

  • Robert
    June 14, 2014 - 08:50

    My goodness there are some hateful people in this town. One only needs to come to this site and read the comments to see it. I hope you fine citizens (sarcasm) never need a police officer to help you. Your constant, negative comments about them really shows you don't deserve it. The law is about saving lives... you don't want to wear a helmet while cycling? Don't. That's up to you... but if you get fined, cry me a river. You deserve it.

  • Put your lid on
    June 14, 2014 - 08:24

    Hey Doug P. So you're ok with your tax dollars going to care for some random individual that is hospitalized for days, weeks, or even years, because they didn't have the sense to simply wear a helmet?!? Helmet laws, seat belt laws, etc., protect more than the individual. They are "common interest" laws.

  • DRIVIN THE LIMIT
    June 13, 2014 - 16:38

    I feel that they should have bright orange helmets on when they are hiding behind trees with their speed guns just in case a chipmunk attacks!

  • Doug.P
    June 13, 2014 - 12:57

    I for one am proud of the APD and glad to have these these rampant criminals prosecuted to the full extent of the law for not dressing properly. I think it well worth the salary of the officer harassing the citizens of Amherst to make peoples heads safe from themselves. While were at it, whats really needed are coat laws : if you not wearing the right jacket for the weather the Amhersts police should step in to collect a fine of some sort. These kinds of "laws" on the books are nothing more then frivolous exercises in budget pumping that have nothing to do true crime and criminals.

    • Shawn
      June 13, 2014 - 20:56

      Yeesh. People just want to complain about everything. How is a law protecting you harassment? To me it's irresponsible to let people like you roam the streets without protecting you from further injuring your capacity to think. Speed traps and helmet laws have zero bearing on those of us that care about the safety of ourselves and our kids. FYI. Making it enforceable ensures the kids that grow into the law just accept it as the norm. You should be thanking them.

    • Shawn
      June 13, 2014 - 20:57

      Yeesh. People just want to complain about everything. How is a law protecting you harassment? To me it's irresponsible to let people like you roam the streets without protecting you from further injuring your capacity to think. Speed traps and helmet laws have zero bearing on those of us that care about the safety of ourselves and our kids. FYI. Making it enforceable ensures the kids that grow into the law just accept it as the norm. You should be thanking them.

    • Yoda
      June 13, 2014 - 22:52

      ROFLMFAO Doug!!