New Safe Routes to School On-Line Resource for Law Enforcement Officers

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) is pleased to announce the launch of a new resource for law enforcement officers, Safe Routes to School for Law Enforcement. Safe Routes to School (SRTS) is a national effort to encourage and enable children, grades K-8, to safely walk and bicycle to school. The reinforcement of safe behaviors by educators, parents, and law enforcement will help to keep the children in your community safe.

Your participation in SRTS is important. First, as a law enforcement professional, no one commands the attention of the public and audiences like you do. Secondly, enforcement is an essential component in traffic safety alongside education and engineering. Only through the involvement of you and your agency can the program be comprehensive and successful in enhancing safety for children.

To aid you in your local SRTS efforts, the Safe Routes to School for Law Enforcement resource includes a wide variety of tools such as:

· Tips for law enforcement officers on walking and bicycling safety;
· Take away materials for students, parents, school staff, and others;
· Talking points on bicycle and pedestrian safety;
· Tips on addressing parental concerns;
· Links to related sites for resource materials; and
· Activities for children.

Your involvement and participation in SRTS provides a number of benefits to your agency. Involvement will:

· Reinforce law enforcement’s positive image in your community
· Improve safety of children traveling to school;
· Engage children in traffic safety at a young age;
· Create a lifetime of safe travel habits through walking and bicycling;
· Increase bicycle helmet use;
· Create opportunities for training; and
· Create opportunities for federal funding of SRTS initiatives.

Safe Routes to School promotes healthy activity for children while at the same time, it provides the opportunity for law enforcement to engage in positive interaction with the public and enhance your image in the community.

The resource, Safe Routes to School for Law Enforcement web site.

For additional information, please contact:
Paula Bawer, RN, MA
Bicycle and SRTS Program Manager
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA)
Safety Countermeasures Division
1200 New Jersey Ave SE, Room W44-217
Washington, DC 20590
Ph: 202-366-2692
Fax: 202-366-7721

Information contributed by: Paula Bawer