In January 2007, the Hazelwood City Council took the lead in approving Ordinance 3834-07, Section 390.130, which brought the City Code into alignment with state legislation. It stated every person under the age of 17 operating or being a passenger on a bicycle, or using a scooter, skateboard, in-line skates, or roller skates must wear a secured bicycle helmet of good fit. A year later, St. Louis County passed a similar ordinance for the whole region.
Hazelwood police and fire explorers are in the process of posting new street signs at 30 locations throughout the City to remind residents of the need to comply with these ordinances in order to reduce the risk of head injuries caused by an unexpected fall or accident.
The National Safe Kids organization reports that over 600 children are injured every day in bicycle-related accidents. Of those injuries, 11% were under age 4 and 36% between the ages of 5 and 9. Fifty percent of children under age 14 who are involved in an accident with an automobile die from their injuries, mostly due to traumatic head injury. Safe Kids goes on to say that helmet use can help reduce the risk of head injury by up to 85% and severe brain injury by 88%.
Young people interested in joining Hazelwood Police Explorers Post #9217 should contact PO Mike Monticelli at (314) 838-5000. Those wanting to be a member of Hazelwood Fire Explorers Post #9341 can call BC Randy Getz at (314) 731-3424.