Bicycle? Skateboard? Scooter? Inline skates? Yes, you must wear a helmet if you are under 16! SCPAAA and the Oregon Department of Transportation wants to remind youngsters and parents: helmets are the safe way to go — and they are also required by law. “Studies consistently show that wearing a bicycle helmet can reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85 percent,” said Sue Riehl, Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety program coordinator at ODOT. The fine for not wearing a helmet is $25, and while the child may get the ticket, the family may be held responsible for paying it.

Let Springfield Citizen Police Academy Alumni Association (SCPAAA) and Springfield Police Department help you avoid this fine and, more importantly, protect your child while they enjoy these activities. SCPAAA provides helmets to children in Springfield at no cost to their families. That’s right–FREE! Protecting kids in our community is that important to us!

To get a helmet for your child, simply visit the Springfield Police Department at 230 4th St. and complete a bicycle helmet voucher. The helpful employees at the front counter can help you get your voucher completed and will have a department employee fit your child’s helmet–all in one visit.

SCPAAA also welcomes donations for the purchase of helmets. Six dollars covers the cost of one helmet for a child in our community. If you’d like to donate, you can drop-off or mail your donation to:

Springfield Police Department
Attn: Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association
230 4th St.
Springfield, OR 97477

Checks may be made to SCPAAA. The Springfield Citizens Police Academy Alumni Association is a 501(c)(3) organization and donations may be tax deductible. Consult your tax advisor to determine your eligibility for claiming a deduction on your return.