FLORHAM PARK, NJ - Florham Park's Chief of Police sent out a note to residents regarding the safety practice of wearing helmets when outdoor activities.  It is listed below:

Residents,

The shortening of our school days, due to the Covid-19 Pandemic, has resulted in several of our children utilizing bicycles, skateboards, rollerblades, etc. in the afternoons throughout town. While we encourage outdoor activities and exercise, we also encourage traffic safety; therefore, we will begin our annual Bicycle Helmet Award Program on Monday, May 3, 2021. We generally begin our program at the end of the school year to encourage our community’s youth to practice bicycle, skateboarding, rollerblading safety, however, the shorter school days have resulted in an earlier than expected increase in this activity.

McDonald’s and Dunkin Donuts have partnered with the Florham Park Local PBA to provide Ice Cream to those receiving Bicycle Helmet Awards. Our officers will begin distributing the awards on May 3rd, to those under the age of 17 utilizing proper head protection while participating in the above stated activities.

We have observed several of our community’s youth violating the State Law mandating helmet utilization by those under the age of 17. Parents of those individuals can be issued summonses for such offenses. Please help us maintain general traffic safety and keep the children of the community safe by requiring your children to wear the mandated equipment while participating in these activities.

The Helmet/Bicycle Safety Laws can be viewed at the link below;

http://www.state.nj.us/tra.../commuter/bike/regulations.shtm

Be safe everyone!!

Joseph Orlando

Chief of Police

April 29, 2021