Penticton RCMP Const. James Grandy hands out some “positive tickets” to Austin and Taylor Relkov, 7 and 8, while out for a ride with their mother, Michelle down by the Peach. The positive ticket campaign, put on by the South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society in partnership with RCMP, bylaw and others, awards tickets to people — typically youth up to age 24 — with coupons for places like Veriberry or the Freeride Boardshop if seen wearing a helmet while riding skateboards, bikes or scooters. Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Penticton youth fine with getting these tickets

Brain Injury Society kicks off positive ticketing campaign to encourage youth wearing helmets

You won’t hear any complaints from the youth getting these tickets — they’re totally fine with it.

That’s because these tickets don’t come with any fines, but instead reward youth for wearing helmets while on their bikes, boards and scooters.

The positive ticket campaign, put on by the South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society in partnership with RCMP, bylaw and others, awards tickets to people — typically youth up to age 24 — with coupons for places like Veriberry or the Freeride Boardshop if seen wearing a helmet while riding skateboards, bikes or scooters.

By around 11 a.m. Tuesday, at least four young ones rolling around the Peach by Okanagan Lake were given some of these positive tickets, which will be handed out throughout the summer when youth are spotted by community police, bylaw and Penticton RCMP.

SOSBIS executive director Linda Sankey said the hope is to give out about 1,000 tickets.

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