While on patrol this summer, West Fargo Police Department officers will be looking for children wearing safety helmets. If caught wearing a helmet, children will receive a coupon to a local Dairy Queen restaurant to receive a free ice cream cone. The program is a partnership with AAA’s “I Got Caught” program.
“This program helps encourage our local youth to stay safe by wearing a helmet,” said Chief Denis Otterness. “Our officers look forward to interacting with the community and handing out these coupons throughout the summer.”
Due to the overwhelming positive response to this program, the number of citations provided law enforcement agencies across North Dakota has grown over the eight years of the program. Since 2013, more than 105,000 citations for a free Dairy Queen cone have been issued to youth across the state.
Supporting sponsors of the annual campaign include the North Dakota Sheriffs and Deputies Association, the North Dakota Chiefs of Police Association, Vision Zero and Safe Kids coalitions in Bismarck, Grand Forks, Fargo and Minot, and Dairy Queen.