On Friday, Constables Lisa Monteiro and Rick Diaz, from Bribie Island Police, helped Mr Lawrie Leonard, from the Bribie Island RSL, present a headstrong prize to Bribie Island State School year four student, Carlize Sekhold. Also present was School Principal, Mr Peter Keen.
Headstrong is an excellent road safety initiative for young people and is conducted in partnership between the Bribie Island RSL and Bribie Island Police.
Children who wear bicycle helmets are issued a ‘ticket’ by police, which go into the draw for a gaming console donated and presented by the Bribie Island RSL. Several draws are conducted throughout the year, and the initiative has been the foundation upon which the station’s road safety initiatives for young people is built.
Should a child be found not wearing a bicycle helmet, police may issue a bicycle offence notice, which results in a letter and information being sent home to the child’s parent. Parents are asked to use the matter as an opportunity to discuss road safety with their child.
The initiative has been operating on Bribie Island for many years, with over 800 headstrong tickets issued since 2015.
My officers and I are very appreciative of the ongoing support of the Bribie Island RSL to keep this important initiative operating, and look forward to helping with many more presentations.
Kids, please keep wearing your helmets.