On Tuesday, June 2, 2009, the Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) issued a press release touting its public safety effort “I Got Caught” to encourage young Iowans age 2 to 13 years of age to wear lifejackets while aboard vessels on Iowa waterways and helmets while biking, skateboarding, scooter-riding, and in-line skating.
Children 2 to 13 caught on Iowa’s waterways wearing a lifejacket will receive a mock citation, a sticker and a coupon for a free small Frosty at a participating Wendy’s restaurant. Other behavior that will prompt an “I got citation” is wearing a helmet while riding a bicycle, scooter, skateboard or in-line skates.
The program will run throughout the summer and culminate in the fall with several bike giveaways. Iowa law requires children under age 13 to wear a life jacket while in a boat that is underway.
For more information, visit http://www.ihs.org/igotcaught