State provides children in need record number of lifesaving bicycle helmets

RALEIGH – A record number of children, totaling 19,900, across the state will receive life-saving bicycle helmets through the NC Department of Transportation’s Bicycle Helmet Initiative, according to the NCDOT.

The initiative is part of ongoing efforts to reduce bicycle injuries and deaths in North Carolina.

NCDOT uses funds from the sale of “Share the Road” special license plates to purchase bicycle helmets that are distributed at local safety events for underprivileged children by government and non-governmental organizations.

A record 256 organizations will receive helmets this year, including local agencies such as the Rowland Police Department, Robeson County Health Department and Robeson County Partnership for Children, according to the NCDOT. Helmets will be shipped in late May.

Helmets save lives. While less than half of all children typically wear a helmet while cycling, they can reduce the risk of serious brain injuries by almost 90%.

Residents dedicated to bicycle safety in North Carolina have supported the initiative since it began in 2007. Since then, thousands of bicycle helmets have been distributed to children throughout the state.

For more information about the program, visit the NCDOT Bicycle Helmet Initiative website.

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