Media Release: State Senator Shannon Jones (R-Springboro) teams with Dayton Children’s to promote bicycle helmet use Saturday, May 12
05-07-2012 (Dayton, OH) -
State Senator Shannon Jones (R-Springboro) will join with experts from Dayton Children’s to promote bicycle helmet safety on Saturday, May 12 at 10:00am, at Coffman YMCA, 88 Remick Blvd. Springboro, OH 45066-9168. The first 100 children ages 5 through 14 in attendance will be fitted with a FREE bicycle helmet.
Held in support of the Ohio American Academy of Pediatrics’ Put a Lid on It campaign, the purpose of the event is to counteract injuries sustained from bicycle crashes, the second leading cause of serious injury due to sports activity in children. Parents and children are encouraged to not only wear their helmets but spread the word to others.
State Senator Shannon Jones and representatives from Dayton Children’s will be fitting and distributing 100 free helmets to children and offering additional education about the importance of wearing a helmet.
According to Safe Kids Worldwide, only 50 percent of kids between the ages of 5 and 14 own a helmet. And of that, only 25 percent say they always wear their helmet.
The AAP reported in 2010 that the number of people injured by not wearing a bike helmet was 51,000 — enough people to fill Fifth Third Field, home of the Dayton Dragons, over 5 times. In 2011, Dayton Children’s Regional Pediatric Health Assessment showed that when a child reaches age nine, the number of those who wear helmets regularly drops 26 percent.
“Wearing a helmet is the single most effective safety device for protecting a child’s head,” says Senator Jones. “This event is just one way to promote bicycle helmets and keep our kids safe.”
For more information about helmet safety or the event contact Jessica Saunders at firstname.lastname@example.org
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