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Traffic and Pedestrian Safety

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

OCTOBER 21, 2021

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District

2490 Hilborn Rd. Fairfield, CA 94534

(707) 399-5000 fsusd.org

 

JOINT PRESS RELEASE

Fairfield Police Department - Media Contact: Jeremy Profitt- jprofitt@fairfield.ca.gov

Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District - Media Contact: Nicole Piazza-NicoleP@fsusd.org

The Fairfield Police Department and the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District are aware of two separate incidents involving vehicle versus pedestrian accidents resulting in minor injuries near Cordelia Hills Elementary. Thankfully everyone is doing well and no major injuries were sustained. One incident occurred on October 18, 2021, involving a child darting in front of a vehicle. The second incident occurred this morning, October 21, 2021, and involved a parent and child riding their bikes to school. While crossing the street a child was struck by a vehicle making a left turn. Speed was not a factor in either of these cases. The City of Fairfield in collaboration with the Fairfield-Suisun Unified School District are looking at alternatives to ensure the area is as safe as possible. The City of Fairfield will continue to educate the community about pedestrian and bike safety, in addition to continued enforcement by the Fairfield Police Department.

Thank you for your continual vigilance to ensure all roadways, especially those around our schools remain safe.

SAFETY TIPS FOR ALL TO FOLLOW:

By starting with children and the trip to school, communities can become safe places for everyone to walk and bike.

At some point in the day, everyone is a pedestrian. Whether it’s walking to school, your car, walking to the office, or walking for exercise, everyone deserves to get to their destination safely.

To do this, drivers must:

Look for pedestrians. Particularly children and teens, who can be less predictable and move more slowly. Be especially careful around schools, residential neighborhoods, and near parks and playgrounds.

Drive with care. Buckle up, obey speed limits, focus on the driving task, and drive sober. Lives depend on it. Slower speeds save lives. In fact, the chances of a pedestrian surviving a crash rapidly decrease when the vehicle speed is above 30 mph. Follow speed limits – they aren’t suggestions and are designed to keep all road users safe. “In a safe, welcoming, and supportive learning environment, we provide innovative educational opportunities to develop resilient students who are inspired to succeed.

10 Driving Safety Tips

1. Look out for pedestrians everywhere, at all times. Safety is a shared responsibility.

2. Abide by all laws and rules of the road. Right-of-ways, traffic signs….

3. Use extra caution when driving in hard-to-see conditions, such as nighttime or bad weather.

4. Slow down and be prepared to stop when turning or otherwise entering a crosswalk.

5. Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and stop well back from the cross-walk to give other vehicles an opportunity to see the crossing pedestrians so they can stop too.

6. Never pass vehicles stopped at a crosswalk. There may be people crossing that you can’t see.

7. Never drive under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

8. Follow the speed limit, especially around people on the street.

9. Follow slower speed limits in school zones and in neighborhoods where children are present.

10. Be extra cautious when backing up—pedestrians can move into your path.

Know the Basics—Pedestrian Safety

11 Walking Safety Tips

1. Be predictable. Follow the rules of the road and obey signs and signals.

2. Walk on sidewalks whenever they are available. Use marked crosswalks at controlled intersections or those with active yellow warnings.

3. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from traffic as possible.

4. Keep alert at all times; don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes (and ears) off the road.

5. Whenever possible, cross streets at crosswalks or intersections, where drivers expect pedestrians. Look for cars in all directions, including those turning left or right.

6. If a crosswalk or intersection is not available, locate a well-lit area where you have the best view of traffic. Wait for a gap in traffic that allows enough time to cross safely; continue watching for traffic as you cross.

7. Never assume a driver sees you. Make eye contact with drivers as they approach to make sure you are seen.

8. Be visible at all times. Wear bright clothing during the day, and wear reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.

9. Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways, or backing up in parking lots.

10. Avoid alcohol and drugs when walking; they impair your abilities and your judgment.

11. Avoid other distractions like cell phones or speaking with friends. Bicycle Safety

STAYING SAFE ON TWO WHEELS

As the public health emergency continues, many people have turned to bicycle riding as fun way to get out and exercise, or have taken the opportunity to teach their children to ride a bike. Bicycles can also be an easy and quick way to travel to school. Be sure to do these simple things to keep your bike ride safe:

  1.  Always wear a correctly fitted helmet, and securely fasten the chin strap.
  2. Ride in the same direction as traffic, and follow traffic signs and signals.
  3. Stay in the bike lane whenever possible.
  4. Never use electronics while riding – they are distracting.

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