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Police Plan to Keep Kids Safe with 'Back to School' Special Enforcement
Tempe Elementary, Middle & High Schools Start the Week of Aug 5
Posted Date: 7/31/2013

MEDIA RELEASE
Tempe Police Department
July 31, 2013
molly_enright@tempe.gov
480-858-6148

Tempe elementary, middle and high schools are back in session the week of August 5. Police will be out in full force, doing everything they can to keep children safe.

As part of the Tempe Police Department’s multi-phased Back to School safety campaign over the next many weeks – from kindergarten to college – starting August 5, patrol and motorcycle officers will be focusing on vehicle traffic, pedestrian safety, and speeding violations around schools.  Patrol Officers will be providing a very visible uniformed presence on and around 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???
• An average of 3 children age 14 and younger were killed and 469 were injured every day in the United States in motor vehicle crashes during 2011. (NHTSA)
• Motor vehicle crashes were the leading cause of death for children age 4 and every age 11 through 14. Buckling up is the single most effective way to protect yourself or your children in a crash. (NHTSA).
• In 2010, 4,280 pedestrians were killed and an estimated 70,000 were injured in traffic crashes in the United States. On average, a pedestrian was killed every two hours and injured every eight minutes in traffic crashes.

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.

Safety Tips for Walking or Biking to and from School:
• 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.
• 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 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.

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