IPR and local law enforcement using ice cream as helmet-wearing incentive

(Fremont County, Wyo.) – Injury Prevention Resources (IPR) in partnership with Wyoming Highway Patrol, B.I.A., Fremont County Sheriff’s Office, Lander Police Department, Shoshoni Police Department, and Riverton Police Department would like to encourage summer safety for the youth of Fremont County. Kids caught wearing their helmets might just get rewarded with free ice cream.

IPR has also partnered with Fremont County businesses such as Dairy Queen, Day Light Donuts, Ken & Betty’s and Shoshoni Fulmer’s “Fat boy” Diner for Ice cream rewards to be handed out to children making the right decision to wear a helmet while engaging in recreational activities. If a law enforcement officer sees a child wearing a helmet while participating in recreational activities, the officers will give the child a “Ticket” for a free ice cream. The program will last throughout the summer and Dubois will also have a reward program in place.

These rewards for our youth makes an impact on their future. IPR said in a news release. All of Fremont County’s Law enforcement Agencies work with IPR on safety related issues throughout the year, but stress the importance of safety during the summer months. Increases of travel and tourism is on the rise, but also safety should be increased for our community as well.

“Head and spine injuries can be permanent, but we can do a few easy things to avoid them” stated Executive Director Noel Cooper. “Wearing seatbelts and helmets plus using car seats correctly simply saves lives. We encourage people to protect themselves and their family. One head injury can effect so many people. We see cases where a parent has to work two jobs to pay for a child’s intensive care, or they have to quit their job to stay at home and take care of their child. It can mean no retirement for them, never being able to see their child progress in life, etc. Additionally, we should protect ourselves for the same reasons we should protect our children.”

IPR spent the months of April and May holding Bike Safety Rodeos for more than 3,000 elementary students across the county. This summer ice cream effort is a continuation of those programs.

–Provided by Injury Prevention Resources