Head injuries and falls from bicycles are one of the leading causes of emergency room visits among children, especially during the summer months on Delmarva.
The Ocean Pines Police Department is pumping the pedals on an initiative intended to increase safety awareness during National Bike Safety Month.
The police department will be distributing new, high-quality helmets to children in need throughout May.
Helmets are required by law for anyone under 16, but all bicyclists, regardless of age, should help protect themselves by wearing properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride. Bike helmets should be level and snug and should not shift while riding.
“Although adults are not required to wear helmets, as a victim of a serious bike accident some years ago, I would highly recommend that all adults wear an approved bike helmet,” Ocean Pines Police Chief Dave Massey said. “A helmet saved me from a serious head injury in my accident.”
Free children’s bike helmets can be picked up at the Ocean Pines Police Department, located at 239 Ocean Parkway, Ocean Pines, MD, 21811.
For more information, contact Denise Sawyer, director of marketing and public relations for the Ocean Pines Association, at (410) 641-7717 ext. 3006 or firstname.lastname@example.org.