Penticton bylaw officers were handing out positive tickets to kids wearing helmets and safety equipment and will continue to do so this summer. (Submitted)

Kids given ‘positive tickets’ across Penticton

South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society hosts 5th annual ticketing this summer

Numerous children were ticketed while out having fun along Lakeshore Drive and Okanagan Lake beach on July 15. Luckily, the tickets were a good thing for the kids.

In partnership with the South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society (SOSBIS), the City of Penticton’s Bylaw Enforcement Officers patrolled Okanagan Beach July 15 handing out positive tickets to children and youth.

The Positive Ticket program, lead by SOSBIS, encourages young people to be safe by wearing helmets and appropriate safety gear such as lifejackets near the water.

Those “caught” setting a good example received a positive ticket and a small reward – a free gift card to a local business.

On July 15, it was a gift certificate to The Patio on Lakeshore Drive.

This the SOSBIS’s fifth annual Positive Ticketing event which kicked off July 15 and will go all summer around Penticton, at the skatepark and beaches.

Since 2016, SOSBIS has encouraged youth in Penticton to practice safety within the community and to promote brain injury awareness and prevention. The program is based on the simple philosophy that recognizing and rewarding good behaviour will inspire and motivate more good behaviour. Positive tickets consist of a coupon, voucher, token or note that have value for goods, services, or some type of credit, to acknowledge our appreciation for their positive behaviour.

“In the last two years our ability to interact directly with the public has been affected by the pandemic restrictions,” says SOSBIS executive director Linda Sankey, adding they were able to do a limited release of positive tickets in Penticton and Summerland in 2020. “We were able to distribute 350 positive tickets rewarding youth and families for using their safety equipment while enjoying their summertime sports.

“This year we hope to double that number of positive tickets,” she continued. “So many individuals and families purchased bicycles, trikes, scooters and E-bikes as pandemic approved recreation. We want to ensure people enjoy these sports safely and use the helmets approved for the right activities to keep their brains safe from injury.”

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