MONTCLAIR, NJ - The Montclair Police Department has announced a Bike Safety Initiative to encourage young residents to wear helmets when biking and skateboarding.  Warning tickets will be issued.

Our department has been receiving numerous complaints regarding children in town operating bicycles and skateboards without helmets.  In an attempt to curtail this dangerous behavior, special warning tickets will be distributed to officers on patrol, officers in the traffic bureau, and officers in the Community Service Unit. 

When an officer observes a minor riding a bicycle or skateboard without a helmet (or committing another dangerous bicycle offense), the officer will stop the minor and issue the warning summons. 

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In addition to the warning summons, officers will receive coupons to give to the children in violation.  The coupons will be for 10% off a bicycle helmet at certain bike shops in town. 

In the months following this initiative, officers will begin to stop children who are observed wearing helmets and operating their bicycles safely and reward them with vouchers redeemable for a special treat at local businesses in town. 

It is the hope of the Montclair Police Department that this initiative raises awareness to the dangers of riding without a helmet and improves overall safety throughout the township.