Kids: Wear life jacket, get a free ice cream cone
July 4th safety promotion by Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks
June 26, 2006
Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks wardens will be trying to catch young people doing something right this July 4 weekend and throughout the summer.
FWP and the U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary have teamed up with Dairy Queen and McDonald's to hand out coupons for a free ice cream cone to young boaters caught wearing their life jackets.
The coupons will be given to anyone 16 years of age and under wearing a life jacket. Montana law requires youth under 12 years of age to wear a life jacket when the boat is in motion.
"Having a warden single out someone, especially a youngster, for doing something right is a refreshing twist and really helps make a strong impression on a child," said Ron Jendro, FWP recreation program manager.
"If we can impress young people with the value of wearing a life jacket, we're helping to protect them as well as those who may go boating with them in the future."
FWP wardens will hand out hundreds of coupons between Memorial Day and Labor Day. The coupons are good at participating Dairy Queen or McDonald's restaurants in the state.