I Got Caught Helmet Safety Campaign is in Full Swing

19 June 2021

While on patrol this summer, Minnesota law enforcement agencies will be looking for kids wearing helmets. If caught, a child may find themselves making a trip to a local DQ® restaurant.

As part of AAA’s “I Got Caught” campaign, as many as 100,000 Minnesota youth will be written a ‘citation’ for a free small DQ cone for wearing a helmet while biking, scootering, skateboarding or in-line skating. (Note: A list of participating law enforcement agencies is included below).

“We want to encourage youth to wear a helmet in hopes they develop a lifelong appreciation for safety,” said Meredith Mitts, Minnesota spokesperson for AAA-The Auto Club Group. “Program sponsors enjoy providing positive reinforcement to youth who are making smart decisions, and hope parents will take the next step by modeling the desired habit of wearing helmets themselves.”

According to a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study, helmets reduced overall head injuries by about 60 percent and reduced fatalities by about 73 percent. The study also found that law enforcement and other safety officials can reinforce the need to wear a helmet through positive interactions such as free or discounted helmet distribution programs and incentives for helmet use.

Supporting sponsors of the annual campaign include the Minnesota Sheriffs Association, the Minnesota Chiefs of Police Association, MN Toward Zero Deaths and Safe Kids Minnesota.

Due to overwhelming positive response from communities, the number of citations provided law enforcement agencies across Minnesota has grown over the last decade, according to Mitts. Since the program start, more than 1 million citations for a free DQ ice cream cone have been issued to youth across the state.

For more information about the DQ system, visit DairyQueen.com. Connect with the DQ system on Twitter using ##HappyTastesGood and follow the system at twitter.com/dairyqueen. Visit the DQ Facebook fan page and become a friend at facebook.com/dairyqueen.

 

List of participating Agencies

Police Departments

Ada

Akeley

Albany

Anoka

Apple Valley

Appleton

Atwater

Austin

Avon

Baxter

Bayport

Becker

Belgrade/Brooten

Bemidji

Benson

Big Lake

Blaine

Blooming Prairie

Brooklyn Park

Buffalo Lake

Buffalo

Burnsville

Canby

Cannon Falls

Centennial Lakes

City of Robbinsdale

Clara City

Cold Spring

Columbia Heights

Cottage Grove

Crystal

Cyrus

Dawson

Dayton

Deephaven

Deer River

Duluth Township

Eagan

East Grand Forks

East Range

Eden Valley

Elk River

Elko New Market

Ely

Faribault

Farmington

Foley

Forest Lake

Frazee

Gaylord

Glencoe

Glenwood

Glyndon

Grand Rapids

Granite Falls

Hawley

Henning

Howard Lake

Hutchinson

Keewatin

La Sueur

La Crescent

Lake Park

Lakefield

Lakes Area

Lawry

Lester Prairie

Lewiston

Lino Lakes

Litchfield

Long Prairie

Lonsdale

Madelia

Melrose

Menahga

Mendota Heights

Morris

Motley

Nashwak

New Brighton

New Prague

New Richland

New Ulm

New York Mills

Nisswa

North Branch

North Mankato

Northfield

Oak Park Heights

Osseo

Owatonna

Park Rapids

Parkers Prairie

Paynesville

Perham

Preston

Ramsey

Rice

Richfield

Rochester

Rogers

Roseau

Roseville

Sartell

Sauk Centre

Sauk Rapids

Savage

Sebeka

Shakopee

South St. Paul

Spring Grove

Spring Lake Park

St. Anthony

St. Francis

St. James

St. Joseph

St. Louis Park

St. Paul Park

St. Paul

St. Peter

Staples

Starbuck

Stillwater

Thief River Falls

Twin Valley

University of MN – Duluth

Upper Sioux

Verndale

Virginia

Wadena

Waite Park

Walker

Warroad

West Concord

West St. Paul

White Bear Lake

Willmar

Winona

Winsted

Wyoming

Zumbrota

 

Sheriff Departments

Aitkin County

Anoka County

Becker County

Beltrami County

Benton County

Blue Earth County

Brown County

Carlton County

Carver County

Cass County

Chisago County

Clay County

Clearwater County

Cook County

Cottonwood County

Crow Wing County

Dakota County

Dodge County

Douglas County

Faribault County

Fillmore County

Freeborn County

Goodhue County

Grant County

Hennepin County

Houston County

Hubbard County

Isanti County

Itasca County

Jackson County

Kanabec County

Kandiyohi County

Koochiching County

Lac qui Parle County

Lake County

Lake of the Woods County

Le Sueur County

Lyon County

Marshall County

Martin County

McLeod County

Meeker County

Mille Lacs County

Morrison County

Mower County

Nicollet County

Nobles County

Olmsted County

Otter Tail County

Pennington County

Pine County

Pipestone County

Polk County

Pope County

Ramsey County

Redwood County

Renville County

Rice County

Roseau County

Scott County

Sherburne County

Sibley County

St. Louis County

Stearns County

Steele County

Stevens County

Swift County

Todd County

Traverse County

Wabasha County

Wadena County

Waseca County

Washington County

Watonwan County

Winona County

Wright County

Yellow Medicine County

 

Other

Hennepin County EMS

Plymouth Public Safety Department (EMS & Fire)

West Hennepin Public Safety

Woodbury Public Safety