Featured photo: Bemidji Police Officer Olson “catches” kids with helmets on at City Park. Photo courtesy of Bemidji Police Department.
A hundred thousand Minnesotan kids are expected to get some free ice cream for wearing their helmets this summer.
Minnesota law enforcement agencies are participating in the AAA’s “I Got Caught” campaign.
Children seen wearing their helmets by patrolling officers will be written a “citation” for a free small Dairy Queen cone.
According to a recent CDC study, helmets reduce overall head injuries by about 60 percent and reduce fatalities by about 73 percent.
The Police Departments in Bemidji, Akeley, Park Rapids, Walker, and Deer River are participating, as are the Sheriff’s Offices in Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, and Hubbard counties.