Police find fun way to promote helmet safety

A 'fun way' to promote safety

KELSEY FLETCHER
Last updated 12:00 09/12/2013
Selica Winiata
GRANT MATTHEWS/Fairfax NZ

CALL FOR HELMETS: Constables Selica Winiata, left, and Megan D’Oliveira promote the Coppers on Choppers road safety campaign.

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A 1152-kilometre journey by Coppers on Choppers to raise awareness of helmet safety, pitstopped in Palmerston North and Feilding to the delight of children - and those young at heart.

Three community constables - Rob Gormly, Megan D'Oliveira, and Grant Kenny - are riding chopper bicycles the length of the country in 18 days to promote bicycle, scooter and road safety.

Black Fern, NZ sevens team member and Manawatu policewoman Selica Winiata joined the crew as they entered Palmerston North.

"It was an opportunity to get out in the community and help promote the Coppers on Choppers," she said. "We obviously want to promote to young children how important wearing helmets is."

Ms Winiata said "it's not just about chucking it on your head, we want them to understand that they are there for a reason".

"We see too many young people come off their bikes who haven't been wearing helmets," she said.

"This is just a fun way to get out and promote helmet safety."

Ms D'Oliveira said the team had been having a great time on the road after travelling about 750km, visiting schools and holding community events.

"Some days we've been to three schools in one day, we try to fit in as many schools as we can," she said. "The kids have been really good, we've seen 6151 students.

"We've gone to schools that don't often see police, or see them on bad occasions, so we get the kids saying thanks for things like ‘we didn't know we needed to wear shoes on our scooters'.

"It's been great, this is the reason we're doing it."

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- Manawatu Standard

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