Caught being safe [UPDATED]Published 9:04am Tuesday, September 10, 2013 Updated 11:05am Tuesday, September 10, 2013
New York Mills police officers have been busy issuing tickets to youth on the roads, in parks and on paths around town.
City officials were looking for a way to increase youth safety habits while they are walking, biking, in-line skating, riding a skateboard or scooter. As part of the program, town police officers are issuing tickets to youth caught being safe.
The tickets can then be exchanged for five dollars in Mills Marks, which are redeemable at various stores around town.
“A simple bump in the road can be really serious if kids are riding without a helmet,” said Police Chief Jim Van Schaick. “Since starting the program, we’ve seen more kids doing things like wearing helmets and walking single file on the left side of the road.”
Tickets are issued with an event number just like a real police ticket. The recipient has two months to take the ticket to Farmers and Merchants State Bank to redeem for Mills Marks, and up to a year to spend their Mills Marks.
Continuing with the success of the summer ticketing program that offered free pool admission, six tickets have been issued so far for the new Mills Marks program. But some kids may be a little too enthusiastic about the idea.
Chief Van Schaick asks that youth do not approach or interrupt police.
“We’ve had kids waiting outside squad cars to show they are wearing their bike helmet,” said Van Schaick. “Even if an officer is not on an emergency call, they are still working. Officers will issue safety tickets when they are able.”
Up to 91 tickets are available through the city sponsored safety program.