Sheriff Barry S. Faile
Every year in the United States, bicycle-related deaths number about 900 and emergency rooms treat almost 500,000 people for bicycle-related injuries, most to the head. Bicycle accidents in the U.S. send more children to the ER than any other sport. Proper use of a bicycle helmet can help reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 88%. Regardless of your age, it's wise to follow these bicycle safety tips:
1. Always wear a helmet that meets one or more of the voluntary bicycle helmet standards like ASTM, Snell or ANSI.
2. Make sure your helmet fits properly and is level on the head. It should not be tilted back on the crown or pulled low over the forehead. It may take time to ensure a helmet fits properly, but it is worth the effort.
3. Before riding your bicycle, make sure it is in good working order and properly adjusted.
4. Wear proper clothing to make sure motorists and pedestrians can see you easily. Reflectors on you and your bike can help make you more visible.
5. Ride on marked paths and safe areas whenever possible.
6. When riding your bicycle on the street, always go in the same direction as car traffic.
7. Stay alert for vehicles, pedestrians and potential dangers like potholes or debris.
8. Never ride with another person on the handlebars.
9. Keep at least one hand on the bicycle's handlebars at all times.
Please be aware that the northern part of U.S. 521 is a popular bicycling route for many enthusiasts. While driving through this part of the county, please pay special attention and remain alert for bicyclists in this area.
Bullying occurs when someone hurts or scares another person on purpose and the person being bullied has a hard time defending himself or herself. Usually, bullying is repeated.
Examples of bullying are:
· Punching, shoving and other acts of physical violence.
· Spreading rumors
· Excluding people
· Teasing people
· Getting certain people to be mean as well
Bullying can also occur on-line or electronically. Cyber-bullying occurs when children or teens bully each other using the Internet, mobile phones or other technology. This can include:
· Sending hostile te