GAINESVILLE, Fla. University of Florida police are giving away free helmets for people who own bicycles and scooters.
The bike helmets were paid for by a grant from the Florida Pedestrian and Bicycling Resource Center and the scooter helmets were donated by two area scooter shops.
The helmets are free to students and they also have a few for children.
UFPD wants people to know the importance of wearing a helmet.
"We want everyone to be safe while they're out riding bicycles and a lot of people simply can't afford a helmet, aren't educated on why they should be wearing a helmet. So we want to give them the opportunity to stay safe,” UFPD Officer Dianna Ullery said.
Florida law requires children 16 years old and under to wear a helmet while operating a bicycle or a scooter.
“Just please wear a helmet. It doesn’t matter how fast you’re going or how slow you’re going. You fall, you hit your head on the pavement and it could be a life-ending injury,” Ullery said.
They will offer helmets from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday in the community services building at the University of Florida Police Department.