UF Police give free helmets to students and children

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.