RENO, NV - Rolling in on motorcycles, squad cars and an armored SWAT vehicle, officers from the Reno Police Department were welcomed like celebrities by kindergartners at Brown Elementary. They’re stopping by to talk about street safety. Last year 11 people were killed in our area while attempting to cross the street. Police want to make sure these kids no how to watch for traffic before crossing. They’re also hoping they’ll take the message home and share it with their families.
Together they practiced how to stop look and listen for approaching cars before stepping into the street. “Make sure there are no cars coming,” says Sgt. Joe Robinson. “Cross when it's safe to do so, preferably in a cross walk.” In the classroom officers also talked about the right way to ride a bike when cars are around. To make sure students don’t forget they also got a gift pack with a coloring book about pedestrian safety to take home.
After proving they had the right stuff to cross the street these kids got to check out the all the vehicles and ask the officers questions. Sgt. Robinson says all of the officers who helped out with the traffic safety mission are volunteers. They hope to continue visiting school to raise awareness.