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City of Rancho Cordova Rancho Cordova Police Department
  September 12, 2013

FREE ICE CREAM CONES AND BICYCLE HELMET SAFETY CITATIONS ISSUED BY RCPD AND EAST DIVISION SHERIFF’S DEPUTIES

On September 12, 2013, the Rancho Cordova Police Department in partnership with the Folsom Cordova Unified School District and Rancho Cordova McDonald’s, will be implementing a Bicycle Safe/Back to School outreach initiative by issuing positive reinforcement safety citations to children under 12-years-old.

Officers who contact children under 12, wearing bicycle helmets and following the rules of the road, will issue Safety Citations for free ice cream cones from Rancho Cordova McDonald’s restaurants. 

Officers contacting children under 12, who are not wearing helmets, may issue a safety citation providing the child an opportunity to receive one free bicycle helmet from the Cordova Lane Center located at 2460 Cordova Lane. 

This program will be in active until November 2, 2013.   

The objective of the Partnership is to reinforce the importance of bicycle safety, wearing a bicycle helmet and following the rules of the road, while also interacting with police officers in their community on a positive level.      
    
As we are early into the school year, and young people are riding their bikes to school, the Rancho Cordova Police Department would like to remind everyone of some important bicycle safety tips:

            ALWAYS wear helmets while riding. Studies have shown that using a bicycle
            helmet can reduce head injuries by up to 85 percent. Helmets should have a
            snug, yet comfortable fit.

            Make sure children wear proper clothing – light in color to be more visible, and
            close-fitting to avoid being caught in the bicycle’s moving parts. Also, make sure
            loose items traveled with are kept in a backpack, rather than held.

            OBEY ALL RULES OF THE ROAD. These include stop and yield signs, signals,
            and road markings. Teach children to ride on the right side of the street, with the
            flow of traffic.

            Before entering a street or intersection, check for traffic and always look left-right-
            left. Walk the bike across busy streets at corners or crosswalks.

More information regarding bicycle safety can be found by going to http://www.ranchocordovapd.com/crime_prevention/kids_schools.cfm and clicking “The smart route to bicycle safety” under the child safety section.