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Apex Police give 'tickets' to kids caught with helmets

Posted July 10
Updated July 11

Watch out, children of Apex. Apex police officers are on the lookout for kids on bikes. And they have tickets!

Officers are handing out "citations" to kids caught wearing their helmets while on their bikes, scooters or skateboards, obeying traffic laws and riding in safe locations. The kids, ages 12 and under, can turn in those "citations" for a free ice cream cone at the Apex Chick-fil-A.

“Through this program, we are looking for opportunities to reinforce safe riding, reach out to and interact with young riders and their parents, families and friends and help keep our community safe,” said Apex Police Chief John Letteney in a press release. “It all starts before even getting on a bike or skateboard by making sure your children (and you too!) wear a properly sized and fastened helmet and other appropriate safety equipment.”

The first of 100 tickets was given away on Tuesday to a girl, who was nabbed wearing a helmet while on her bike riding near her house with her father. Asher Devenouges was cited for wearing a helmet while biking today, according to the department's Facebook page. Captain Ann Stephens developed the program.

North Carolina law requires all bicyclists under 16 years to wear a helmet on public roads, public paths and public rights-of-way.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, children, adolescents and young adults - ages 5 to 24 - have the highest rates of nonfatal bicycle-related injuries. They comprised nearly 60 percent of bike-related injuries in U.S. emergency departments. Skateboard injuries, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics, were the cause of more than 68,000 emergency department visits and 1,500 hospitalizations in kids younger than 14 in 2009.

The Academy says that a bike helmet can prevent up to 88 percent of serious brain injuries caused by bike collisions and falls.

Safety experts recommend helmets for bicyclists, skateboarders and scooter riders of all ages. According to the pediatrics group, helmets should be worn squarely on top of the head, covering the top of the forehead. A helmet that fits well shouldn't move around on the head or slide down over the eyes. Check the Academy's website for more helmet tips.

So, if the law and injury statistics aren't enough to convince kids and their parents to keep those helmets on, now there's the incentive of a sweet treat in Apex.

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  • "Screen Name-8/20" Jul 18, 6:18 p.m.

    GREAT STORY!!!
    THIS is how you raise kids to grow to be good citizens.

  • sunshine1040 Jul 12, 7:19 p.m.

    And here in the US nobody even tells you that you have to shop at a chic fil a or work there or even accept a discount let alone use one from a store or business and they definately do not tell you you have to work at a store that only pays minimum wage but I have done it rather then let my family go hungry while I kept on looking for a better opportunity which I found.
    But I am proud to say that a served in our armed forces so you could keep your right to complain

  • Save It Jul 11, 12:06 p.m.

    Sorry, Chick-fil-A owner funds groups seeking to make homosexuality a capital crime in African... View More

    — Posted by jcthai

    Sounds like a good idea to me...when 60% of the country has AIDS, might wanna cut down on the... View More

    — Posted by arfamr1009

    Time to destroy this...

    1. 70% of HIV infection in the world are in Africa, not 60% of the population of Africa.

    2. HIV is transmitted in heterosexual intercourse (shocking, I know).

    3. The middle ages called, they appreciate your desire to kill those who exercise their sexual desires. Very barbaric of you.

    4. Chick-fil-A is some way over priced, over rated food anyway.

  • TimeWillTell Jul 11, 11:35 a.m.

    First, I've lived in Apex since it was only a reduced-speed zone on highway 55, and I've had nothing but good experiences with Apex PD. Whining about a speeding ticket scores no points with me - you have to be well in excess of the limit and/or doing pretty dumb things to get pulled over,

    Second, the LGBT community has allowed itself to be represented by Christian-bashing extremists who drive away would-be supporters. Chik-Fil-A and Hobby Lobby do 99.99% of the things the liberal left demands of employers, but because their owners espouse certain personal beliefs the entire organization and its employees are villified. LGBT "leaders" distort facts and the media are willing accomplices as both portray all Christians as being like Westboro Baptist Church, and in so doing establish themselves as extremsists themselves. Every time these LGBT "leaders" condemn a Christian family-based business, those businesses see a huge increase in support and revenue.

    Thanks to APD and Chik-Fil-A!

  • 68_dodge_polara Jul 11, 11:22 a.m.

    Sorry, Chick-fil-A owner funds groups seeking to make homosexuality a capital crime in African... View More

    — Posted by jcthai

    I know. Isn't it grand that a privately held company can do what they want to in this country,... View More

    — Posted by RaleighMan

    Glad to hear you tolerate violations of human rights. Glad to know that you support... View More

    — Posted by Ijaz Fahted

    What a bunch of baloney. Haters are going to hate.

  • cweaver1000 Jul 11, 10:56 a.m.

    Sounds pretty awesome to me, not sure how some of these posters turn a positive story like this around like they have, but I guess that's the world we live in. Good Job APD.

  • Ijaz Fahted Jul 11, 10:54 a.m.

    The lack of civil discourse here regarding a positive action by the Apex Police is disturbing to me.

    — Posted by amenmike

    Sorry there Mike. When I see people spreading lies and misinformation, I will always respond.

  • Ijaz Fahted Jul 11, 10:48 a.m.

    Sorry, Chick-fil-A owner funds groups seeking to make homosexuality a capital crime in African... View More

    — Posted by jcthai

    I know. Isn't it grand that a privately held company can do what they want to in this country,... View More

    — Posted by RaleighMan

    Glad to hear you tolerate violations of human rights. Glad to know that you support imprisonment, violence and death toward homosexuals. You are a great human being. (I hope you know that is laced with sarcasm)

  • Ijaz Fahted Jul 11, 10:46 a.m.

    Sorry, Chick-fil-A owner funds groups seeking to make homosexuality a capital crime in African... View More

    — Posted by jcthai

    Sounds like a good idea to me...when 60% of the country has AIDS, might wanna cut down on the... View More

    — Posted by arfamr1009

    The main reason AIDs is so wide spread is that people - like you are - are uneducated!

    — Posted by Pepe Silvia

    Sorry, facts are facts. Homosexual men are 1) the primary cause for the rampant spread of the... View More

    — Posted by davidhartman

    Um. Bwahahahahahahahaha!

    What a lost fool you are. Keep tellin' those lies and maybe you too will believe them one day.

    You really need to read this.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HIV/AIDS_in_Africa#Causes_and_spread

    I know this is asking a lot of you David, but wouldn't you rather be informed than run around spouting what most of us already know are lies?

  • Ijaz Fahted Jul 11, 10:42 a.m.

    Sorry, Chick-fil-A owner funds groups seeking to make homosexuality a capital crime in African... View More

    — Posted by jcthai

    It's funny to me how mad liberals get when there's someone out there who is against their... View More

    — Posted by Shuffles24

    Lernt & Burnt!

    — Posted by Winchester-.308

    If you'd take those eyes off the gun sight for one second you might be able to see the differece between gay marriage and making it illegal to be gay with punishment to include imprisonment or death.

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