Morrison Police Chief Brian Melton is proud to announce the Helmet Incentive Program again this year! The program, which started in 2009, is to promote bicycle safety among our youth and is only possible through the continued partnership and support of the Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, owners Ellen and Bart Smith. 2020 marks the program’s 11 th year.
The Morrison Police Department’s Helmet Incentive Program offers an incentive to those children (ages 3-16) that wear their helmet when bicycling. Chief Melton explains, “Starting today and through the summer months, anytime a Morrison Police Officer observes a child between the ages of 3 and 16 safely riding their bicycle with their helmet on, the Officer will reward that child witha coupon for free ice cream at the Dairy Queen Grill & Chill in Morrison.” Melton continues, “We hope this program continues to encourage parents and our youth to wear their helmets and practice bicycle safety when riding.”
Even with the COVID-19 restrictions, children are encouraged to get outside and ride their bicycles but with their immediate family members only. If a Morrison Police Officer stops to meet a child riding their bicycle with their helmet on, they will do so utilizing additional safety precautions as to maintain social distancing and to avoid personal contact.
Melton closed with, “We are very grateful to the Dairy Queen Grill & Chill, Ellen and Bart Smith and their staff for their continued support. Most importantly, we are excited about having the opportunity again this year! We hope to reward even more children this year … so wear your helmets and encourage others to do so as well!”