Police Press Releases

Posted on: October 3, 2016

Anaheim Police Department to Join Anaheim Elementary School District for National Walk to School Day

National Walk to School Day

ANAHEIM, CA – The Anaheim Police Department will partner with all 24 Anaheim Elementary School District schools as they join schools from around the country to celebrate National Walk to School Day on October 5, 2016, to send unified traffic safety messages to our community.

Students from the Anaheim Elementary School District will be walking and biking to school Wednesday, October 5, along with parents, teachers, community leaders and members of the Anaheim Police Department.

The event will begin at varying times with students, parents, and community leaders walking from pre-designated locations depending on which school they will be walking to.

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 Anaheim Elementary School District as well as Anaheim Police Department’s Safe Schools Detail. The Anaheim Police Department will be conducting bicycle/pedestrian safety enforcements throughout the next twelve months focusing on motorist, as well as pedestrian and bicyclist actions that could cause a traffic collision. These enforcements are made possible by the Selective Traffic Enforcement Program (S.T.E.P.) grant which was awarded to the City of Anaheim by the California Office of Traffic Safety.

For additional local information, please contact Anaheim Elementary School District PE Program Coordinator Tammie Bernal at 714-517-7530.

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 flashlight 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 poorly 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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