Elk Grove Police Department Hosts Free Helmet Giveaway
In addition to protecting Elk Grove, this weekend the Elk Grove Police Department (EGPD) chose to show their support in yet another way. As a sign of just how much they truly care about your safety, EGPD on Saturday hosted a free helmet giveaway for Elk Grove families. On Saturday, officers spent their morning passing out free bicycle helmets and educating local children on bicycle safety, all while working to build healthy relationships with Elk Grovians.
This was a family-friendly event held for children under the age of 18 years old. EGPD asked parents to register in advance for the event and sign up for a time slot on the EGPD Facebook page, posted on May 11th. Officer Hannah Grey told the Elk Grove Tribune that time slots filled up quickly, within a couple of hours in fact. The event took place from 10:00 A.M. to 12:30 P.M. Parents picked up helmets every five minutes, according to their time slot. Walk-in families received helmets while supplies lasted. Families also received free coloring books, crayons, stickers, and fans representing EGPD.
EGPD officers greeted families with friendly faces and smiles in the parking lot at 8400 Laguna Palms Way. Officers showed great pride while sharing their child safety concerns. They explained why it’s important to wear a helmet while riding a bike, skateboard, or rollerskates, for both kids and adults alike. Officer Farhina talked about the right way to wear a bike helmet. She also talked about how helmets protect you. Along with the sign-up form for the event, called Bikes and Badges, the Facebook invitation opened with the statement below.
The world needs your child’s brain, protect it by joining us in this free helmet giveaway.EGPD
In addition to the free helmet giveaway, EGPD also offered bike registrations for child and adult bikes. Bike registration improves the chances of a bike being returned to the owner if it’s stolen and then found. According to bestbikelock.com, “Half of all stolen bikes are eventually recovered by the police. And the only reason that 5% of stolen bikes are returned to their owners, is that the police can’t link the bikes to the owners.”
Helmets are not concussion-proof, but wearing one can reduce the amount of force applied to the brain and protect against severe cuts, broken facial bones, and skull damage. Wearing a helmet can also lower the severity of a concussion and it can also prevent more serious trauma and injuries to the brain. Without the protection of a helmet, your head and brain are at risk of more harm in an accident. Wearing a helmet the right way while bike riding is very important for your safety.
Many thanks to the officers at the Elk Grove Police Department for educating the community on helmet safety and for providing helmets to families. Thank you EGPD from the Elk Grove Tribune!