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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 – (November 14, 2016) – Amscot Financial, a leading provider of convenient, consumer-oriented financial services, will donate and distribute more than 12,000 free bike helmets on Saturday, November 19th 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 14th 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

“Bike helmets save lives. We know that. We have had customers in the past who have come in to tell us how a helmet was instrumental in preventing a serious injury to their children,” said Ian MacKechnie, founder and CEO of Amscot Financial. “That is a big reason why we commit to this bike helmet program year after year. We want to ensure that children who live in our communities have access to a properly fitted helmet.”   

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 8830 W SR 84     
5521 W Oakland Park Boulevard
13668 W SR 84
352 S Flamingo Road
297 S Pompano Parkway
670 N SR 7
Davie
Lauderhill
Davie
Pembroke Pines
Pompano Beach
Margate
Hardee 1530 US Hwy 17 Wauchula
Hernando 19422 Cortez Boulevard Brooksville
Highlands 1203 US Hwy 27 Sebring
Hillsborough 105 W Alexander Street
7731 Palm River Road
8231 W Hillsborough Avenue
2204 E Hillsborough Avenue
1502 E Fletcher Avenue
5002 E Busch Boulevard
Plant City
Tampa
Tampa
Tampa
Tampa
Tampa
Lake 1100 W North Boulevard
17195 US Hwy 441
Leesburg
Eustis
Manatee 3611 1st Street E
737 8th Avenue W
Bradenton
Palmetto
Miami-Dade 19355 S Dixie Hwy
885 W 49th Street
891 NE 8th Street
19839 NW 2nd Avenue
6788 SW 40th Street
9479 SW 160th Street
709 NW 183rd Street
Cutler Bay
Hialeah
Homestead
Miami Gardens
Miami
Palmetto Bay
Miami Gardens
Orange 4304 Clarcona Ocoee Road
2033 Americana Boulevard
4445 Silver Star Road
769 N Apopka Vineland Road
770 S Goldenrod Road
501 W Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando
Orlando
Orlando
Orlando
Orlando
Apopka
Osceola 1084 Cypress Parkway
1021 Buenaventura Boulevard
1120 W Vine Street
Kissimmee
Kissimmee
Kissimmee
Pasco 3416 US Hwy 19 N
11932 US Hwy 19 N
7707 Gall Boulevard
21621 Village Lakes
Holiday
Port Richey
Zephyrhills
Land O Lakes
Pinellas 2551 34th Street S
6596 Park Boulevard
1825 Gulf to Bay Boulevard
1300A 34th Street N
911 62nd Avenue S
911 62nd Avenue S
Pinellas Park
Clearwater
St. Petersburg
St. Petersburg
Polk 2121 8th Street NW
35938 US 27
1413 US Hwy 98 S
1334 Ariana Street
Winter Haven
Haines City
Lakeland
Lakeland
Sarasota 4206 Bee Ridge Road
560 N Washington Boulevard
Sarasota
Sarasota
Seminole 2430 French Avenue
3030  E Semoran Boulevard, #204
Sanford
Apopka
Volusia 2618 Enterprise Road
979 W Int’l Speedway Boulevard
1599 N Nova Road
2177 Howland Boulevard 
1697-D N Woodland Boulevard
Orange City
Daytona Beach
Holly Hill
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 239 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