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Downey, CA, September 18, 2019

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation Planned for the City of Downey                      

The Downey Police Department will take part in a bicycle and pedestrian safety enforcement operation aimed at educating bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians on traffic laws, rules and responsibilities.

Throughout the month of September, officers will be looking for violations made by bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians that put roadway users at risk. These violations include drivers speeding, making illegal turns, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, failing to stop for signs and signals or any other dangerous violation.

Officers will also look for pedestrians who cross the street illegally or fail to yield to drivers who have the right of way. Bike riders will be stopped when riding on the wrong side of the road, not complying with stop signs and signals, or other violations of the same traffic laws that apply to them as drivers.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising at an alarming rate. In 2016, 138 bicyclists and 867 pedestrians were killed on California roads. Pedestrian fatalities are up nearly 33 percent from 2012, and the number of bicyclists killed is up nearly 25 percent over the past five years. In 2018, the Downey Police Department has investigated 3 fatal and 70 injury collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians.

“Whether you are on foot, behind the wheel or on a bike, you play a part in roadway safety,” Chief Dean Milligan said. “Understanding the rules of the road using all modes of transportation helps ensure we all get to our destination safely.”

People walking should only cross the street using crosswalks or intersections, preferably with a stop sign or signal. People on foot should also look for cars backing up and avoid darting between parked cars, make eye contact with drivers and wear bright clothing during the day and reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.

Drivers should wait for pedestrians to cross the street, avoid distractions like using a cell phone, and be courteous and patient. All bike riders are reminded to always wear a helmet; helmets are required by law for those under 18. Bicyclists must travel in the same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow moving vehicle.

The Downey Police Department supports the new OTS public awareness campaign, “Go Safely, California.” To find out more about ways to go safely, visit gosafelyca.org.

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


Downey, CA, September 10, 2019:

One Size Does Not Fit All: Choose the Right Car Seat for Your Child

Sept. 15-21 is Child Passenger Safety Week

Downey, Calif – The Downey Police Department is joining law enforcement agencies, public health departments and other community organizations to raise awareness about the importance of keeping children in the correct car seat for their age and size. The effort to promote car seat safety coincides with Child Passenger Safety Week, which is from Sept. 15-21.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 46% of car seats are not used properly.

“Children mean the world to parents and caregivers, but unfortunately many are putting them in harm’s way without knowing it,” Downey Police Chief Dean Milligan said.” Our goal is to educate parents and caregivers on how they can keep children riding in the car as safe as possible.”

Under California law, children under two weighing less than 40 pounds and less than 40 inches tall are required to be in a rear-facing car seat. Children under the age of eight or less than 4’ 9” tall must be secured in a car or booster seat. The fine for not securing a child in the correct child safety seat is $490.

To find the right seat for your child, visit the NHTSA website. To find a car seat fitting station near you, contact your local CHP area office or go to the California Office of Traffic Safety website for a listing of car seat programs statewide.

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


Downey, CA, August 20, 2019

DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint Planned for August 23, 2019

Downey, Calif. – The Downey Police Department will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s
License Checkpoint on August 23, 2019, at an undisclosed location within the city limits
between the hours of 8:00 p.m. to 2:30 a.m.
DUI Checkpoints like this one are placed in locations based on collision statistics and
frequency of DUI arrests. Officers will be looking for signs of alcohol and/or drug
impairment, with officers checking drivers for proper licensing.

The Downey Police Department reminds drivers that “DUI Doesn’t Just Mean Booze.” If
you take prescription drugs, particularly those with a driving or operating machinery
warning on the label, you might be impaired enough to get a DUI. Marijuana can also be
impairing, especially in combination with alcohol or other drugs, and can result in a DUI.
In 2017, 1,120 people were killed in alcohol-involved crashes on California roads. Last
year The Downey Police Department investigated 157 DUI collisions which resulted in
76 injuries.

The Downey Police Department offers these reminders to ensure you have a safe night
of fun that doesn’t involve a DUI:
   • Always use a designated sober driver – a friend who is not drinking, ride-share,
     cab or public transportation – to get home.
   • See someone who is clearly impaired try and drive? Take the keys and help
     them make other arrangements to find a sober way home.
   • Report drunk drivers – Call 911.
   • Hosting a party? Offer nonalcoholic drinks. Monitor who are drinking and how
     they are getting home.

Getting home safely is cheap, but getting a DUI is not! Drivers caught driving impaired
and charged with DUI can expect the impact of a DUI arrest to be upwards of $13,500.
This includes fines, fees, DUI classes, license suspension and other expenses not to
mention possible jail time.

Funding for this checkpoint is provided to the Downey Police Department by a grant
from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety
Administration.

 


Downey, CA, August 20, 2019:

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation Planned for the City of Downey

The Downey Police Department will take part in a bicycle and pedestrian safety
enforcement operation aimed at educating bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians on traffic
laws, rules and responsibilities.

This Friday and Saturday, as well as every other Friday and Saturday in the month of
August, officers will be looking for violations made by bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians
that put roadway users at risk. These violations include drivers speeding, making illegal
turns, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, failing to stop for signs and signals or
any other dangerous violation.

Officers will also look for pedestrians who cross the street illegally or fail to yield to
drivers who have the right of way. Bike riders will be stopped when riding on the wrong
side of the road, not complying with stop signs and signals, or other violation of the
same traffic laws that apply to them as drivers.

Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising at an alarming rate. In 2016, 138 bicyclists
and 867 pedestrians were killed on California roads. Pedestrian fatalities are up nearly
33 percent from 2012, and the number of bicyclists killed is up nearly 25 percent over
the past five years. In 2018, the Downey Police Department investigated 3 fatal and 70
injury collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians.

“Whether you are on foot, behind the wheel or on a bike, you play a part in roadway
safety,” Chief Dean Milligan said. “Understanding the rules of the road using all modes
of transportation helps ensure we all get to our destination safely.”
People walking should only cross the street using crosswalks or intersections,
preferably with a stop sign or signal. People on foot should also look for cars backing up
and avoid darting between parked cars, make eye contact with drivers and wear bright
clothing during the day and reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
Drivers should wait for pedestrians to cross the street, avoid distractions like using a cell
phone, and be courteous and patient. All bike riders are reminded to always wear a
helmet; helmets are required by law for those under 18. Bicyclists must travel in the
same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow moving vehicle.
The Downey Police Department supports the new OTS public awareness campaign,
“Go Safely, California.” To find out more about ways to go safely, visit gosafelyca.org.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic
Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.

 


Downey, CA, August 1, 2019:

Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Operation Planned for the City of Downey

The Downey Police Department will take part in a bicycle and pedestrian safety
enforcement operation aimed at educating bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians on traffic
laws, rules and responsibilities.
This Friday and Saturday, as well as every other Friday and Saturday in the month of
August, officers will be looking for violations made by bicyclists, drivers and pedestrians
that put roadway users at risk. These violations include drivers speeding, making illegal
turns, failing to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks, failing to stop for signs and signals or
any other dangerous violation.
Officers will also look for pedestrians who cross the street illegally or fail to yield to
drivers who have the right of way. Bike riders will be stopped when riding on the wrong
side of the road, not complying with stop signs and signals, or other violation of the
same traffic laws that apply to them as drivers.
Bicycle and pedestrian fatalities are rising at an alarming rate. In 2016, 138 bicyclists
and 867 pedestrians were killed on California roads. Pedestrian fatalities are up nearly
33 percent from 2012, and the number of bicyclists killed are up nearly 25 percent over
the past five years. In 2018, the Downey Police Department has investigated 3 fatal and
70 injury collisions involving bicyclists and pedestrians.
“Whether you are on foot, behind the wheel or on a bike, you play a part in roadway
safety,” Chief Dean Milligan said. “Understanding the rules of the road using all modes
of transportation helps ensure we all get to our destination safely.”
People walking should only cross the street using crosswalks or intersections,
preferably with a stop sign or signal. People on foot should also look for cars backing up
and avoid darting between parked cars, make eye contact with drivers and wear bright
clothing during the day and reflective materials or use a flashlight at night.
Drivers should wait for pedestrians to cross the street, avoid distractions like using a cell
phone, and be courteous and patient. All bike riders are reminded to always wear a
helmet; helmets are required by law for those under 18. Bicyclists must travel in the
same direction of traffic and have the same requirements as any slow moving vehicle.
The Downey Police Department supports the new OTS public awareness campaign,
“Go Safely, California.” To find out more about ways to go safely, visit gosafelyca.org.
Funding for this program is provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic
Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.