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Officers Teach Pedestrian Safety to Reno Kindergarten Students

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The Reno Police Department's Traffic Division paid the kindergartners at Double Diamond Elementary a visit Wednesday.  

The goal - to show kids how to be safe when walking on the streets around town.

"Look both ways before crossing the street and use a crosswalk when available, make eye contact with cars that are stopped," said Sgt. Joe Robinson. "Make sure they see that you are going to cross the street, don't wear dark clothing at nighttime. If you are going to be out at nighttime, wear reflective clothing and just be safe."

Traffic safety is a presentation RPD does with kindergartners at local schools. The program is grant funded through the Nevada Office of Traffic Safety.

Sgt. Robinson said kindergarten is the grade they chose to do this with because if they start early in life and build good habits, these tips will stick with them forever.

Also, if you have any younger children, you know they like to share what they learned with anybody who will listen, like parents, friends and older siblings.

Sgt. Robinson said the hope is they will get the word out about pedestrian safety, since they are so vocal. "They do pick it up real quick and they love it. We actually give them a chance to sit on our police motorcycles and jump in our police cars and stuff like that. It's about getting them familiar with the police and it's a also a good opportunity for them to learn about how to be safe when crossing the street."

To learn more about pedestrian safety, click here.

Written by Chris Ciarlo

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