School is out for the summer meaning more and more children can be seen riding their bicycles around town, so in order to educate them on road safety local law enforcement held its annual bike rodeo in the parking lot of the Vermillion Wal-Mart Saturday morning.
“It’s the beginning of the bike season for a lot of people, so it’s a good time to remind people about safety and stuff,” said Vermillion Chief of Police Matt Betzen. “It’s also a good time for the police to get out and reach people in a less confrontational or less antagonistic environment since it is our job, a lot of times, to go to situations where people are not happy and stuff, so this is an opportunity to see us in a different light.”
Members of the Vermillion Police Department, Vermillion Fire and EMS, Clay County Sheriff and the University of South Dakota Police Department were on hand for the event.
Local youth were invited to bring their bicycles where they were greeted with an opportunity to have their picture taken for an ID card, then had the opportunity to receive a helmet and receive some basic bike…
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