COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Just in time for Christmas, Safe Kids Columbus gave away scores of bicycle helmets, thanks to local attorney Gary Bruce - you may know him by his television name "The Good Guy" - to keep young cyclists from suffering head injuries.
It may seem like just a generous gift, but these free bike helmets can save lives. Wearing a bike helmet cuts the risk of serious head injury by 85 perfect.
Nationally, did you know that 900 children die from bike accidents every year and another half a million children suffer life altering brain injuries from taking a spill on a bicycle?
Safe Kids Columbus, Gary Bruce and the Chattahoochee Public Library were partners for this important annual event, making helmets available to kids 14 and under.
They want to get the message out that every child should wear a helmet every time they ride a bike. Adults, too, of course.
And they want you to know many accidents happen close to home, so even if you think you don't need your helmet for a short ride, think again and remember to strap your helmet on for every ride.
If you're planning on giving a bike as a present this holiday season, don't forget the helmet. If you missed the helmet giveaway, get one anyway - a good helmet can be bought for about $20.
It's a small price to pay when you consider the real cost of not wearing a helmet.
Even a slow speed fall can result in a major brain injury, with costly medical and emotional consequences for the rest of your child's life.
We applaud Safe Kids Columbus, attorney Gary Bruce and the library system for their generosity and leadership when it comes to watching out for our youngest generation.
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