Traffic Education Programs

The Riverside Police Department's Traffic Education Unit was established in 1997 to reduce injury and death due to traffic collisions.  The Riverside Police Department has been recognized as a leader in the area of Traffic Education.  RPD was one of the first programs in Southern California with a full time dedicated coordinator.  The Traffic Education Unit is supported by state and local grants as well as partnerships with local groups and businesses. The Traffic Education Unit has taken a pro-active step to educate the citizens of our community and provide many programs in traffic safety.

Traffic Education Programs

Bicycle Rodeo 2004

Bicycle Safety Classes and Presentations

Bicycle Safety Classes cover the laws and safety practices as they apply to bicycle riding, skateboarding, in-line skating, and motorized scooters.  Children will learn the correct way to use hand signals and make safe turns. Classes can be customized for all age groups.

For frequently asked bicycle safety questions click here

Safety Citation Program

The Safety Cite Program, new for 2004 Safety Cite is a positive reinforcement program to promote the use of helmets for bicycles, skateboards, scooters, & skates.

Juveniles that are properly wearing their helmets, obeying the law, and/or practicing proper safety skills will be "cited" by police department employees. Letters will be sent to their parents and cited children will receive a prize. Each child cited will be entered into a drawing for a new bike (donated by Riverside Optimist Club).

View a list of "cited" children.

If your child is less than 6 years old or less than 60 pounds they MUST be properly secured in an approved child restraint (car seat or booster) in the back seat of your car.

The Riverside Police Department is dedicated to preventing injuries to children every time they ride in a vehicle. Car seat fitting stations are held at the Magnolia Police Facility once every month and car seat clinics are held throughout the city of Riverside several times a year. Our fitting stations and clinics allow parents to have their car seats checked for safety and proper installation by a certified technician. The car seat is checked for any recalls, proper usage, and proper fit for the child. Low cost car seats are offered to community members who need to replace an unsafe car seat. Parents participate in the installation process to insure they will be able to secure the child properly every time. Parents, grandparents, and/or caregivers are encouraged to make an appointment.

This course will also cover the basics of seatbelts, airbags, and other safety tips for your children. The class will be about 2 hours and all participants in the class will be eligible to purchase a child restraint for $25.00.

Classes can be customized to fit the needs you have and can be scheduled by contacting Nicolle Defries, Traffic Education Coordinator at (951) 826-5235.

For frequently asked car seat questions click here

Additional Links

2010 Traffic Safety Fair

Come meet your favorite traffic characters at the 2010 Traffic Safety FairEach year the Riverside Police Department partners with Castle Park and many other city and county agencies to present the most comprehensive information about traffic safety for the whole family.



Safe Routes for Schools

Police Program Supervisor Karen Haverkamp instructing kids on Traffic Safety.Safe Routes to School programs enable community leaders, schools and parents across the United States to improve safety and encourage more children, including children with disabilities, to safely walk and bicycle to school. In the process, programs are working to reduce traffic congestion and improve health and the environment, making communities more livable for everyone.