Riverside Police Department

RPD Trafic Education

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 Safety Classes and Presentations

Bicycle Rodeo 2004Bicycle 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.

  • Host a Bicycle Safety Class for your club or neighborhood. Classes can be customized to fit the needs you have and can be scheduled by contacting Nicolle Defries, Traffic Education Coordinator at (951) 826-5674.

  • Teachers may request safety presentations for their classrooms or an assembly for the whole school. These presentations are scheduled as requested. Schools that participate in safety presentations will have the opportunity to offer reduced cost helmets to their students. Contact Nicolle Defries, Traffic Education Coordinator at (951) 826-5674. for more information.

  • Helmet usage is encouraged by offering low cost helmets through a partnership with the Riverside County Injury Prevention Services. Children participating in bicycle safety education provided by RPD’s Traffic Education Unit are qualified to purchase a helmet at a reduced cost.

For frequently asked bicycle safety questions click here

Safe Routes to School ProgramPolice Program Supervisor Karen Haverkamp instructing kids on Traffic Safety.

The Safe Routes to School is a partnership with the Riverside County Injury Prevention Services and the schools in Riverside.  These 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. Click here for more information.

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).

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Child Safety Seat Program

California... It’s the Law! New booster seat law…

Child Safety Seat Program Effective January 1, 2012, the new booster seat law requires children under 8 years of age and under 4’9" to ride in the back seat, properly restrained in a booster or car seat.

Take the 5-Step Child Safety Test

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.

  • Car seat fitting station days and times vary to make this service available to everyone. 30-minute appointments are made for each child restraint to be checked to ensure no one will have a long wait. Appointments are made on a first come first serve basis and may be made by contacting Nicolle Defries, Traffic Education Coordinator at (951) 826-5674.

  • Host a car seat clinic at your location by contacting Nicolle Defries, Traffic Education Coordinator at (951) 826-5674.

  • Parent classes are designed for anyone that transports a child. Participants will learn how to choose the correct type of child restraint for their child, how to install the child restraint, and when to move to the next level.

  • Low cost child seats are provided to the Riverside Police Department through a grant from the California Kids' Plates program and are available to qualified participants.

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) 826-5674.

For frequently asked car seat questions click here

Additional Links

Safe Routes for Schools

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.


Quick Links
New Carseat Law
  • Is your child under 8 years old or 4'9"?
    Take the 5-Step Test

  • Make sure your child rides safe EVERY time.  Make an appointment for a free car seat check up by calling PSR Nicolle DeFries at 951-826-5674 or email at ndefries@riversideca.gov

Traffic Education Information
Phone:
(951) 826-5674
Orange Station:
4102 Orange St.
Riverside, CA 92501

For Non-Emergencies
Call 951-354-2007
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