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Kids to be rewarded for wearing helmets

June 29, 2016 GMT

Children who wear their helmets while bicycling, skateboarding or rollerblading will get “ticketed” with gift cards for free ice cream.

Assemblyman Jim Tedisco, R-Glenville, is behind the annual Safe Summer Bike Helmet Safety Program. He works with other local officials, businesses and 12 area police departments to distribute 5,000 gift cards. Police will stop children they see wearing their helmets to give them the coupons for free ice cream. Those without will be given one to get a bike helmet.

Participating businesses include Stewart’s Shops, Friendly’s, Hayner’s Ice Cream Hall of Fame in Halfmoon and Ben & Jerry’s. The law firm of Martin, Harding and Mazzotti also is donating hundreds of new bike helmets to police departments in the Capital Region to distribute to children who need them.