• North Carolina kids to get bicycle helmets with initiative

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    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - More than 3,000 children across North Carolina will get bicycle helmets thanks to an initiative aimed at reducing injuries and deaths.

    The N.C. Department of Transportation says in a news release that it uses funds from the sale of the 'Share the Road' specialty license plates to pay for bike helmets distributed at safety events by government and non-government agencies.

    The department says a record 101 organizations applied to participate in the program this year.

    In addition to the 3,320 helmets being passed out, recipients will get a pair of front and rear bike lights to further enhance cyclist safety. Helmets will be delivered by May 1.

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