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Tempe Police Provide Enhanced Enforcement Around Schools
Posted Date: 2/22/2013 5:00 PM
February 22, 2013
molly_enright@tempe.gov
480-858-6148

Tempe Police Traffic and Patrol Bureaus will be out in full force around all elementary schools, middle schools and high schools in Tempe through Spring Break on March 8th.

Motorcycle Officers will be focusing on vehicle traffic, pedestrian safety, car seat usage, and speeding violations around our schools. Patrol Officers will be providing a very visible uniformed presence on and around school campuses as part of our Adopt-A-School program.

The additional police presence provides a deterrent to anyone with criminal intent, support to school staff and a reminder to slow down and keep safe. The goal of the campaign is to get parents, students and others in the areas of our schools to remember that it is everyone’s responsibility to “Stop & Think.” Neighbors are our constant partners in fighting crime and helping keep kids safe.

Tempe Police urge everyone in our community to help us protect children by staying alert and calling 9-1-1, or police non-emergency at 480-350-8311 to report suspicious behavior.

Did you know???
• In 2010, (1) pedestrian was killed every two hours; (1) pedestrian injured every eight minutes.
• Buckling up is the single most effective way to protect yourself or your children in a crash
• Car crashes are the #1 killer of children 1-12 years old in the United States
• Proper use of child safety seats reduces risk of fatal injury for infants by 71%; 54% for toddlers

Key Traffic Safety Points to Remember:
• Pedestrians should cross at marked crosswalks when possible.
• Pedestrians should stop and look before entering/crossing a road.
• Pedestrians should walk on a sidewalk, facing traffic when possible.
• Drivers must yield to pedestrians in a crosswalk.
• Make sure you wear your seat belt EVERY TIME
• Children 8-16 years of age must use a seat belt
• Children under 8 years old and under 4’9” tall need to be in a child restraint.

Child Luring Safety Tips:
• Children should be taught age-appropriate personal safety; to be alert and aware of surroundings.
• Children should never accept a ride from anyone not specifically designated by a parent or caregiver.
• Children should not allow anyone unknown to them to entice them into close proximity for any reason.
• Do not wear earphones that hinder the ability to hear a stranger or vehicle approach when walking.
• Children should travel to and from school in groups, and with adult supervision whenever possible.
• Discourage your child from using alleys or less traveled roadways for getting around.
• Walking or riding on a well-traveled neighborhood street allows the greatest visibility.
• If approached or called out to by a stranger, children should run to a safe place, and tell a trusted adult.
• Children should be encouraged to report any suspicious behavior, or any behavior in which they feel uncomfortable or confused, to a trusted adult caregiver such as a parent, guardian, teacher, nurse or police officer.