Riverside Police Department

Traffic Education

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.


Safe Routes to School Program

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

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).

Car Seat Program

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. These monthly events allow parents and caregivers to have their car seats checked for safety and proper installation by a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician.

At your appointment, 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 ensure 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 calling  (951) 826-8727.

Unable to make a car seat fitting station? Feel free to schedule a one-on-one appointment with a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician by calling (951) 826-8727.

Community presentations are also available upon request. Classes are designed for anyone that transports a child. Participants will learn how to choose the correct type of car seat for their child, how to install the car seat in a vehicle, when to move to the next level, and safety tips from a technician. Community presentations can be requested by calling (951) 826-8727, or emailing Melissa Sanchez at [email protected].



Additional Links

Safe Routes for Schools


Bicycle and Scooter Frequently Asked Questions

In the state of California, your child must wear an approved helmet every time they ride a bicycle, scooter, and skateboard until they are 18 years of age.
Your child’s helmet must fit snugly, sit low on the forehead, and buckle under the chin.
Yes, a bicycle is considered a vehicle and you the driver. All traffic signs, and signals must be obeyed.
A bicycle must be ridden on the right side of the road in the same direction as traffic.
To ride at night, you must have lights on the front and back of your bicycle, reflectors on the wheels and pedals, and must wear bright clothing.
No, pocket bikes shall not operate on any sidewalk, roadway, highway, bicycle path or trail, and hiking or recreational trail.
Your child must be at least 16 years of age and a licensed driver, must wear an approved helmet, and must ride on a street with a 25 mph speed limit unless operated in a bike lane.


Car Seat Frequently Asked Questions

Current California law states, if your child is less than 8 years old or under 4'9" they MUST be properly secured in an approved child restraint (car seat or booster) in the back seat of your car. However, it is best practice for a child to remain in their booster seat until they reach the maximum weight or height limit of the booster seat.

Current California Law:

  • Children under 2 years of age shall ride in a rear-facing car seat unless the child weighs 40 or more pounds OR is 40 or more inches tall. The child shall be secured in a manner that complies with the height and weight limits specified by the manufacturer of the car seat. (California Vehicle Code Section 27360.)
  • Children under the age of 8 must be secured in a car seat or booster seat in the back seat.
  • Children who are 8 years of age OR have reached 4’9” in height may be secured by a booster seat, but at a minimum must be secured by a safety belt. (California Vehicle Code Section 27363.)
  • Passengers who are 16 years of age and over are subject to California's Mandatory Seat Belt law.
The best car seat for your child is one that properly fits your child, fits your vehicle, and one that you will use correctly every time.
The car seat should not move more than one inch side to side when pulled at the belt path.