Since the beginning of the school year (09/05/12) the Camarillo Police Traffic Unit has responded to four traffic collisions involving children riding their bicycles to or from school. The Camarillo Police Department would like to remind parents that children under the age of 18 must wear helmets properly while riding a bicycle, scooter or skateboard per CVC 21212 (a). Studies show that 74-85 % of bicycle related injuries could have been prevented with the proper use of a helmet and using proper bicycle safety.
The Camarillo Police Department does have a limited amount of helmets and safety gear available for free, provided to families dealing with financial hardships. For those needing assistance with safety equipment contact an officer at the Camarillo Police Department’s Community Resource Unit during regular business hours M-F 8 AM to 5PM, (805) 388-5155
Proper use means buying a good helmet, making sure it fits and making sure to buckle the chinstrap, while fitting it properly under the chin.
A bicycle is considered a “vehicle” and while riding you must obey the rules of the road. Here are some tips for safe riding:
- Obey all street signs
- Use hand signals
- Avoid hazards on the roadway
- Ride with the flow of traffic (same side, do not ride opposite to vehicles)
- If on the sidewalk, stop at all driveways
- Make eye contact with the vehicle drivers prior to crossing a driveway or street to make sure they have seen you
- Don’t change lanes without signalling.
- Don’t ride the line between lanes of traffic
- While crossing an intersection, get off your bicycle and use the crosswalk to walk across it (if you ride your bicycle across the road, you are considered a vehicleand not pedestrian.)
- Make yourself visible, wear reflective clothing while riding
- A working headlight is also required if riding at night