(Bicycle safety)…El Centro Police feel now is a good time to remind the public.
Commander Jeff Mason says, in light of a recent collision, wherein a teenage bicyclist, who was not wearing a biking helmet, was struck by a car as he rode into the path of on-coming traffic, and the fact that schools are letting out for the summer, now would be a good time to remind the general public to practice bicycle safety. Mason said the Vehicle Code says that anyone under the age of 18 who is riding a bike, non-motorized scooter or skateboard on a street, bike path or trail to wear a properly fitted and fastened helmet. The Commander says with schools letting out for the summer, more bicyclists can be expected to be riding in traffic. He says wearing a helmet should be more a parental safety issue and not just a legal issue. Parents should be sure their children have the proper helmet if they are going to ride a bicycle. He said helmets are available at a variety of retail outlets and proper fitting instructions are included with each helmet. Mason said thankfully the teen hit Sunday was not seriously injured; nevertheless, it was a traumatic event for him, his family and the motorist. He said his Department wants to do everything possible to ensure the safety of all who use the streets and they will apply both education and enforcement to meet their goal.