Bicycle Helmets and Watch for Me NC

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It is Spring and may cyclists will be heading outdoors for a joyous afternoon of exercise and sunshine.

North Carolina Department of Transportation is reminding all motorized vehicle drivers to be on the look out for these cyclists.

Cherokee County is among many North Carolina counties who is participating in the ‘Watch for Me NC’ program.

PRESS RELEASE

RALEIGH, N.C.- A record number of children, more than 3,300, across the state will be receiving lifesaving bicycle helmets through the department’s Bicycle Helmet Initiative. The program is part of ongoing efforts to reduce bicycle injuries and deaths in North Carolina.

Helmets save lives. While less than half of all children typically wear a helmet while biking, they can reduce the risk of severe brain injuries by nearly 90 percent.

NCDOT uses funds from the sale of the “Share the Road” specialty license plate to pay for the helmets, which are given to underprivileged children.

In addition to the helmet initiative, the department’s Watch for Me NC program is also working to reduce pedestrian and bicyclist fatalities and injuries.

Started in 2012, the program educates and engages the community in working to keep people safe on the road. Law enforcement officers are trained in ways to communicate, improve and enforce safety rules in their area.

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