ESM school resource officer tickets teenagers for not wearing bicycle helmets

MINOA (WSYR-TV) - The current students at East Syracuse Minoa High School might be too young to remember a tragedy five years ago, when Austin Elmore was killed on his way to summer school, riding a bicycle without a helmet.

Using that as inspiration, ESM School Resource Officer Brian Damon is cracking down on teenagers not wearing helmets while riding to school.

While the law in New York State mandates children 14 and under wear a helmet, it's older in Onondaga County - 18 years and younger.

Officer Damon is giving out tickets for both good and bad: A reward for those wearing helmets, like a free ice cream or slice of pizza or a warning for those who don't follow the law.

Damon says he's seeing big improvement in the number of summer school students wearing helmet, but he knows there's still a lot of work to do.

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