Ice Cream the Reward for ‘Safe Kid’ Cyclists Spotted By Long Beach Township Police

Sep 06, 2017
Courtesy of: Long Beach Township Police Dept. Luca Dowdall, Bella Farrelly and Nicky Farrelly, from West Chester County NY along with LBTPD DARE Officer Sean Ferguson.

Youngsters Luca Dowdall, Bella Farrelly and Nicky Farrelly were riding their bikes near 120th Street and Sunset Terrace in Haven Beach recently when they were pulled over and “ticketed” by Officer Sean Ferguson of the Long Beach Township Police Department. The charge? Safe biking.

The kids, from Westchester County in New York, were praised for wearing their helmets, and their “tickets” entitled them to free ice cream at one of a number of participating ice cream shops on Long Beach Island.

Retired Capt. Paul Vereb started the township police department’s “Safe Kid Award” program approximately 20 years ago. As LBTPD Community Police Officer Megan Keller explained, “‘Tickets’ are given out during the summer months for free ice cream to children 17 and under who wear their helmets and practice safe bicycling,” which includes biking the correct direction on the roadways (bicycles are to ride with the flow of traffic, while pedestrians walk against traffic).

“The program has been very successful and also helps form positive relationships between resident and visiting children and the police,” she noted.

As Keller pointed out, the program is sponsored by Atlantic Printing and Design and Copy Rite Printing, both in Manahawkin, which print the ice cream tickets for free. She said the police force offers their thanks to the printing businesses as well as the participating ice cream vendors: Bowker’s Deli in Holgate, Dairy King in North Beach Haven, Rita’s in Haven Beach and Surf City, Custard Hut in Brant Beach, Iceberg Ice Cream in Brant Beach and Poppy’s Ice Cream Parlour in Barnegat Light.

“Without their support we would not be able to provide this valuable safety program,” she added. — J.K.-H.

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