School starts in just a few days. Every day this week, CCSD, law enforcement and transportation officials are holding traffic safety events to educate parents and kids.
Monday. School Bus Safety, Centennial High School 10200 Centennial Parkway, 10:30 AM.
Restrictions for who can be bussed to school get greater every year, as a result, more students take the RTC bus and not the school bus. CCSD Police and advocates will be joined by CCSD Transportation, RTC Transit and State Education/Transportation for an overview of safety in and around the bus. What every parent needs to teach their child about riding the different busses and how to remain safe before boarding and while getting off the bus. We will also release the latest Stop Arm Survey results, and police will stage a stop for a violation so drivers know when they are required to stop.
Tuesday Crosswalk Safety, Eastern Avenue and Wengert Ave 7:30- 11:00 AM.
Enforcement from CCSD Police, LVMPD and NHP will join together to enforce right of way on Eastern Avenue between Charleston and Oakey at Wengert, which is a school crossing zone.. This location serves several schools as well as being a busy collector street. Officers will be ticketing drivers who fail to yield to the Pencil in the crosswalk (an officer) as well as pedestrians crossing the street unsafely. Officers will share tips on what every parent and child should know about safely walking to school.
Wednesday. Bicycle Safety, Indoors at Boulevard Mall, 3528 Maryland Parkway, Rear Entrance.
10 AM - 1PM Police and Bike Safety Advocates will join together at Boulevard Mall to present a bike rodeo to teach safety skills and to fit every child who comes to the event with a free bike helmet, courtesy of NV Department of Transportation's Bicycle Safety Program. There was a 10 year old killed on a bike in March, who was not wearing a helmet; and not riding properly, the information and helmet given at this event could stop another tragedy like that from happening again.
Thursday . Teen Driver Safety, Highlighting Motorcycle Safety; Arbor View High School, 7500 Whispering Sands Drive. 10:30 AM A new full motorcycle driving simulator will be demonstrated, and new laws for teen motorcyclists will be discussed, along with teen driving skills, programs and the Zero Teen Fatalities initiative and programs. Teen drivers were involved in six fatalities during the 2017-2018 school year, the lessons offered through these programs are critical for every parent to learn.
Saturday. Booster Seat Safety at Ruby Thomas Elementary School, 1560 Cherokee LN, 9AM -Noon. UMC's Children's Hospital and Healthy Living Institute will be providing free booster seats to the first 100 children in need of a booster seat and experts from CCSD Police, UMC, and others will join to teach all parents how critical riding properly restrained is and that the current Nevada law does not protect children who have reached 6 years old but who are not at least 4'9" tall.. Too many children ride improperly restrained for their age, and the best practice also includes those under age 13 riding in the back seat of the vehicle when a seat belt is available.