Kearny Police, Community Oriented Policing Unit, To Hold Kids’ Bicycle And Summer Safety Fair
Kearny Federal Savings and Kearny Optimist Club Donates Bicycles and Helmets to be Distributed at the Event
Chief John Dowie announces that on Saturday, June 11, 2011, from 1pm until 5pm, the Kearny Police Department Community Oriented Policing Unit (C.O.P. Unit) will be holding a Kids’ Bicycle and Summer Safety Fair in the parking lot of Kearny Federal Savings Bank located at 614 Kearny Avenue. The fair will feature interactive educational exhibits for kids and parents to promote a safer approach to summertime recreational activities. These exhibits will include presentations or material support by the following organizations:
· Kearny Federal Savings Bank, donation of its grounds and gift cards for a girls and boys bicycle to be raffled
· 100 bicycle helmet give-aways purchased by the Kearny Optimist Club
· A bicycle safety rodeo course staffed by Kearny Police Officers
· Bicycle inspections and tune-ups by a mechanic from Caliber Cycling
· Serial number engraving to discourage bicycle theft and encourage bicycle recovery
· A helmet fitting station staffed by representatives of UMDNJ NJ Trauma Center
· Bicycle and pedestrian safety materials from the NJ Division of Highway Traffic Safety
· Pool and swimming safety presented by the American Red Cross
· Members of the Kearny Police Unity Tour Cycling Team who bicycled from Ground Zero to Washington, D.C., will be on hand to provide bicycling tips
The event promises to be a fun day out for kids and parents alike, but will feature a sobering message about traumatic brain injury among youths and the importance of wearing a properly fitted helmet while bicycling, rollerblading, or skateboarding. New Jersey law requires the wearing of a properly fastened and fitted helmet by persons under the age of 17 who are riding a bicycle, skateboard, or roller skates on property open to the public. The helmet must be approved by a recognized standards ensuring body, such as American National Standards Board or the Snell Memorial Foundation (N.J.S. 39:4-10.1 and 39:4-10.5).
Each year 1.4 Million Americans (1 person every 21 seconds) sustain a traumatic brain injury and 50,000 of those injuries result in death. Moreover, each year, 80,000-90,000 Americans incur a long-term disability following a traumatic brain injury. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the two age groups at highest risk for traumatic brain injury are 0-4 year olds and 15-19 year olds. The New Jersey Division of Highway Traffic Safety reports that wearing a helmet correctly can lower a person’s risk of head injury by 85% and reduce severe brain injury by 88%. Likewise, medical research shows that 85% of bicyclists' head injuries can be prevented by a bicycle helmet. Universal use of helmets could prevent one death every day and one brain injury every four minutes.
 Centers for Disease Control. “Traumatic Brain Injury in the United States: ED visits, hospitalization, and deaths.” (2004)