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Amscot Financial will partner with local law enforcement to distribute bike helmets in 17 Florida counties

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Tampa, FL – (October 3, 2017) – Amscot Financial, a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, will donate and distribute more than 12,000 free bike helmets on Saturday, October 7th in 17 Florida counties where the company operates branch locations.

The helmets are available in three sizes: small, medium and large, and are being targeted towards children in pre-school and elementary school. They will be distributed from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. by Amscot Financial managers and by law enforcement personnel in the parking lots of the locations listed below. This marks the 15th year that Amscot Financial has donated and distributed free bike helmets in counties where it does business.

A report released in August 2015 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention finds that Florida has the highest rate of bicycling deaths of any state in the nation — 0.57 per 100,000 people, more than double the nationwide rate of 0.23 per 100,000.1 In one medical study, 79% of all patients for bicycling related injuries were between the ages of 5 and 14.2 Moreover, studies have shown that bicycle helmets – when properly worn – can prevent 88% of serious brain injuries.3

“No child should ever suffer a serious head injury because he or she didn’t have a bike helmet,” says Ian MacKechnie, founder and CEO of Amscot Financial. “We’ve heard many stories throughout the years on how this program has protected child after child from being seriously injured.”     

FREE Bike Helmets will be available at these Amscot branches:

County Amscot Branch City
Brevard 1515 Palm Bay Road
2711 Clearlake Road       
Melbourne
Cocoa
Broward 5521 W Oakland Park Boulevard
8828 W. SR 84
352 S. Flamingo Rd.
297 S Pompano Parkway
Lauderhill
Davie
Pembroke Pines
Pompano Beach
Hardee 1530 US Hwy. 17 Wauchula
Hernando 19422 Cortez Boulevard Brooksville
Highlands 32319 Broadway Street Sebring
Hillsborough 105 W. Alexander St.
7731 Palm River Rd.
8231 W. Hillsborough Ave.
2204 E Hillsborough Avenue
1502 E Fletcher Avenue
5002 E Busch Boulevard
Plant City
Tampa
Tampa
Tampa
Tampa
Tampa
Lake 1100 W. North Blvd.
17195 US Hwy 441           
Leesburg
Eustis
Manatee 3611 1st Street E.
737 – 8th Ave. W.
Bradenton
Palmetto
Miami-Dade 19355 S. Dixie Hwy.
885 W. 49th St.
891 NE 8th St.
19839 NW 2nd Ave.
6788 SW 40th Street
27105 S Dixie Highway
709 NW 183rd Street
Cutler Bay
Hialeah
Homestead
Miami Gardens
Miami
Naranja
Miami Gardens
Orange 4304 Clarcona Ocoee Road
2033 Americana Blvd.
4445 Silver Star Road
769 N Apopka Vineland Road
501 W Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando
Orlando
Orlando
Orlando
Apopka
Osceola 1084 Cypress Parkway
1021 Buenaventura Boulevard
1120 W. Vine St.
Kissimmee
Kissimmee
Kissimmee
Pasco 3416 US Hwy. 19 N.
11932 US Hwy 19 N
36640 SR 54
21621 Village Lakes
Holiday
Port Richey
Zephyrhills
Land O Lakes
Pinellas 2551 34th Street S
6596 Park Boulevard
1300A 34th Street N
911 62nd Avenue S
St. Petersburg
Pinellas Park
St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg
Polk 35938 US 27
1413 US Highway 98 S
111 Cypress Gardens Boulevard
Haines City
Lakeland
Winter Haven
Sarasota 4206 Bee Ridge Road Sarasota
Seminole 2430 French Avenue
3030 E Semoran Boulevard, #204
Sanford
Apopka
Volusia

2618 Enterprise Road
979 W Int'l Speedway Boulevard
2177 Howland Boulevard 
1697-D N Woodland Boulevard

Orange City
Daytona Beach
Deltona
Deland

Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, Amscot Financial is a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, including cash advances, check cashing, bill payment, money transfers, prepaid access cards and money orders.  Amscot Financial currently operates 237 retail financial service centers throughout Florida and employs close to 2,000 associates.

1 Florida's bike death rate highest in nation; http://www.tbo.com/news/politics/floridas-bike-death-rate-highest-in-nation-20150829/
2 National Center for Biotechnology Information; http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18936286 via Florida Cycling Law Blog; http://floridacyclinglaw.com/blog/archives/bicycle-helmet-lawsuits
3 Pediatrics, Journal of the American Academy of Pediatrics; http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/108/4/1030.full.pdf+html