Chief Jeff VenHuizen reports that the Rock Island Police Department would like to enhance the safety of children in our community by offering some tips for the motoring public. The greatest threat children face today is motor vehicle crashes.
problem escalates during the months children are in school. Children are
vulnerable for several reasons:
are small and less visible to motorists.
more difficult for children to judge traffic situations, because their
peripheral vision is one-third narrower than an adult’s.
do not always possess the capability to make sound judgments.
can be easily distracted, especially when around other children.
and other personal music devices reduce the ability to hear traffic sounds.
short, children are not adults - and it's up to drivers to compensate for these
help protect children, the Rock Island Police Department urges motorists to
follow these safety tips:
down near schools and in residential areas - slower speeds buy reaction and
stopping time for the driver.
with your headlights on - even during the day - so children and other drivers
can see you. Illinois law requires the use of headlights while windshield
wipers are operating.
for clues such as School Zone signs, bicycles, and playgrounds that indicate
children could be in the area.
between parked cars and other objects for signs of children. If you see a ball
roll onto the street, rest assured a child could be close behind.
extra caution in bad weather.
stop for school buses that are loading or unloading students. Even when police
are not present, school bus drivers may report the violation of passing the bus
when the stop arm is extended.
order to enhance safety and encourage speed reduction awareness, in and around
schools, the Rock Island Police will be conducting special speed enforcement
details in school zone areas:
will be utilizing LIDAR - which enables officers to pinpoint the location of
the violator to determine if the violation occurred within a school zone while
children were present.
enforcement - speed limit within a school zone is 20 MPH when children are present.
will enforce laws pertaining to the use of cellular phones.