CHP Back To School Safety Event


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EL CENTRO – School is back in session and the morning and afternoon is busy with parents and caregivers dropping off and picking up children at our local schools.  The California Highway Patrol would like to remind everyone to drive safely through school zones.  Drivers must watch their speed and refrain from practicing dangerous driving behaviors such as using a cell phone while driving.  Please watch for pedestrians and bicyclists and use caution at and near crosswalks.

The California Highway Patrol, Office of State Senator Ben Hueso, Imperial County Public Health Department, U.S. Border Patrol, El Centro Fire Department, El Centro Police Department and the Imperial County Children & Families First Commission will join Burlington Coat Factory to conduct a traffic safety/car seat event for Back to School Safety Month on Saturday, September 19, beginning at 8:00 a.m. in front of Burlington Coat Factory in El Centro.  The goal is to heighten pedestrian, bicycle and car seat safety through education.

In light of Child Passenger Safety Week, September 13-19, CHP officers will include lessons on how to choose the appropriate car seats for children based on height and weight, how to install and use them correctly, and information on bicycle and pedestrian safety near crosswalks.

Parents and caregivers interested in having their child’s car seat inspected by a certified technician during this event are encouraged to call 760-335-3442 for an appointment.

Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.