News Story

 

National Walk to School Day
9/29/2016 3:00:00 PM

 

Nature of Incident:

 

National Walk to School Day

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Location:

Thousand Oaks, CA

Date & Time:

October 5, 2016, 7:30 am to 8:30 am

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police - Traffic Bureau

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Narrative:

 

The Thousand Oaks Police Department will Join Thousand Oaks Schools for

National Walk to School Day on Wednesday, October 5th

 

Thousand Oaks, CA' Lang Ranch and Westlake Elementary Schools, which are part of the Conejo Valley School District, will join schools from around the country to celebrate National Walk to School Day on October 5, 2016 in partnership with the Thousand Oaks Police Department. 

 

Students from Lang Ranch and Westlake Elementary Schools will be walking and biking to school on Wednesday October 5th along with parents, teachers and community leaders. Members of the Thousand Oaks Police Department will also join the walk and will be deploying traffic officers to the neighborhoods near schools to enforce traffic laws, reminding everyone the importance of pedestrian and bicycle safety this day and every day.

 

The event will begin at 7:30 am with students, parents and community leaders walking from a block away from each of the schools. Walkers and bicyclists will arrive at the school by 7:45 am. Once at school, officers will discuss pedestrian and bicycle safety tips with students before they go to class.   

 

Walk to School Day events raise awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling. It also emphasizes the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion, and concern for the environment. The events build connections between law enforcement, families, schools and the broader community.

 

The event is being organized by the Thousand Oaks Police Department and the two schools participating in the walk.  This event is part of the police department's on-going effort to increase traffic safety through its many traffic safety operations such as pedestrian/bicycle enforcement operations, and Start Smart classes for young drivers.   

 

For additional local information, please contact Sergeant Brad Clifton at (805) 373-2322.   

 

Important Safety Reminders

For Pedestrians:

         Walk on a sidewalk or path when one is available.

         If no sidewalk or path is available, walk on the shoulder, facing traffic.

         Stay alert; don't be distracted by electronic devices, including smart phones, MP3 players, and other devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.

         Be cautious night and day when sharing the road with vehicles. Never assume a driver sees you (he or she could be distracted, under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, or just not see you). Make eye contact with drivers as they approach.

         Be predictable. Cross streets at crosswalks or intersections when possible. This is where drivers expect pedestrians.

         If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area, wait for a gap in traffic that allows you enough time to cross safely, and continue to watch for traffic as you cross.

         Be visible. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flash light at night.

           

For Drivers:

         Look for pedestrians everywhere. Pedestrians may not be walking where they should be or may be hard to see'especially in poor lit conditions, including dusk/dawn/night and poor weather.

         Always stop for pedestrians in the crosswalk or where pedestrian crosswalk signs are posted.

         Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. They may be stopped to allow pedestrians to cross the street.

         Slow down and look for pedestrians. Be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.

         Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

         Follow the speed limit; slow down around pedestrians.

         Stay focused and slow down where children may be present, like school zones and neighborhoods.

 

For additional information, please visit these websites: 

Walk to School Day in the USA - www.walkbiketoschool.org 

National Center for Safe Routes to School - www.saferoutesinfo.org

 

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Prepared by:

Sergeant Brad Clifton

 

News Story Date:

September 29, 2016

 

Follow-Up Contact:

Sergeant Brad Clifton

brad.clifton@ventura.org

 

 

Approved by:

Captain Jim Fryhoff