Wheeled Prince Rupert citizens on bicycles, skateboards or longboards are being stopped by police these past few days months, not because they’ve done anything wrong, but because they’ve done something right.
Prince Rupert RCMP are handing out “positive tickets” – equalling a pool/gym pass or a free Slurpee from 7/11 to anyone seen wearing a helmet while riding their bikes or boards, outlined an RCMP release last week.
It’s part of a new initiative focused on brain safety and responsible riding habits.
Last summer, RCMP distributed 120 bicycle and longboard helmets courtesy of a grant from Northern Health and funding from Farwest Sports.
The Prince Rupert detachment’s presence was also heightened at 2014 Seafest and Cow Bay Days to promote safe boarding and cycling habits. A longboarding race, co-hosted by RCMP and Loaded Sports have also been part of the initiative, as well as school talks.
Not only is the program helping youth be safer on the streets while on wheels, but improving the relationship between younger residents and police.
“We believe that this initiative will be well-received by the community and will help to bridge gaps between law enforcement and young people,” said Cst. Matt Ericson in the release.
“In turn, it will assist in creating an environment focused on road safety education. While we are excited about issuing positive tickets we will also be increasing enforcement action for those who choose not to comply.”
Summer is the time for outdoor adventures and RCMP members would like residents to enjoy their time in the sun, while having a safe and healthy time doing so, stated the release.
If you have any information on unsafe behaviours, contact RCMP or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.