Camarillo - Back to School Traffic Safety
8/21/2013 3:30:00 PM
Nature of Incident:
Back to School Traffic Safety
Camarillo Police Department
Date & Time:
8/21/2013 ' 10:00 AM
Camarillo Police Department's Community Resource Unit
(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (P)arty, (D)ecedent
City of Residence
Now that the school year is about to begin, the Camarillo Police Department, Pleasant Valley School District and the Oxnard Union High School District would like to remind Camarillo residents who drive around the city's schools to be mindful of children walking or riding their bicycles to and from school. Drivers are reminded to be patient in or around these school zones as traffic is typically backed up with parents who are attempting to drop off their children at school. It is recommended that if you do not have children attending a school, you find an alternate route during the school hours of 7:00 AM ' 4:00 PM in order to avoid any traffic congestion in front of our city schools. A map showing school site locations can be found @ www.pvsd.k12.ca.us.
Parents are also reminded to teach their children proper bicycle riding safety. The Camarillo Police Department would like to remind parents that children under the age of 18 must wear helmets properly while riding a bicycle, scooter or skateboard per CVC 21212(a). Studies show that 74-85% of bicycle related injuries could have been prevented with the proper use of a helmet and using proper bicycle safety. Proper use means buying a good helmet, making sure it fits, and making sure to buckle the chinstrap, while fitting it properly under the chin. We would like to remind children to look for an intersection that has a crossing guard or a marked crosswalk before crossing, as this is the safest way to cross the street. The Camarillo Police Department's Traffic Unit will be providing extra saturation patrols to school zones, during the first few weeks of the school year.
A bicycle is considered a vehicle and while riding you must obey the rules of the road. The Camarillo Police Department does have a limited amount of helmets and safety gear available for free, provided to families dealing with financial hardships. Feel free to contact the Community Resource Unit during regular business hours @ 388-5155.
Sergeant John M. Franchi
Media Release Date:
Sergeant John M. Franchi / 805-388-5135
Captain Bruce Macedo
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