QISD 4th annual Bike Safety Rodeo May 13

Quinlan Independent School District in partnership with Dr. Sarah Lay and the Texas Medical Association will give free bicycle helmets to children at the 4th Annual Bike Safety Rodeo.

Organizers said the rodeo is held to help ensure the safety of local children by providing the free helmets. The rodeo will be held Saturday, May 13, from 9:30 a.m. to noon at A.E. Butler Intermediate School, 401 Clardy Dr. Quinlan.

The bicycle helmet giveaway is part of a statewide effort — Hard Hats for Little Heads — launched by the Texas Medical Association in 1994. The program promotes fun exercise and teaches parents and children about the importance of wearing a helmet. The event is sponsored by QISD, Parkland Community Health Plan, the QISD Police Explorers, Hunt County EMS, and Dr. Sarah Lay in conjunction with the Texas Medical Association.

Texas physicians encourage wearing a helmet for all sports on wheels — biking, skateboarding, inline skating and riding a scooter. “And doctors want you to wear the correct helmet for your sport and make sure it fits properly,” the organizers state.

On average, 250 children in the United States under the age of 14 die each year because of a bicycle crash. Another 300,000 children are treated in emergency rooms for severe head injuries. Many of these accidents could have been prevented if the children had worn bicycle helmets.

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