Assemblymember Matt Dababneh Joins CHP at Pedestrian Safety Event at Lanai Road Elementary School
ENCINO, CA — Assemblymember Matt Dababneh (D – Woodland Hills) teamed up with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to offer a Pedestrian Safety Awareness event today at Lanai Road Elementary School.
“Pedestrian safety is a serious issue for parents, teachers and students,” said Assemblymember Dababneh. “Today’s event was designed to teach traffic safety tips to pedestrians, bicyclists, and motorists so they can be more careful along roadways adjacent to schools. Many thanks to the CHP for putting on this informative event to reduce accidents at school zones where young pedestrians and bicyclists congregate.”
Captain Johnny Starling, commander of the West Valley Station relates, “Pedestrian safety is everyone’s responsibility, the motoring public and pedestrians must work together to save lives.”
The CHP provides basic traffic safety education at similar pedestrian skills clinics across the state. These events are conducted with the assistance of traffic safety partners, community groups, and local schools.
“The safety of our students is the number one concern at our school,” said Principal Lisa Elan of Lanai Road Elementary School. “Our school is located on a high-traffic thoroughfare with only one entrance and very limited parking. To mitigate that, Lanai’s parents have developed a well-orchestrated car valet for drop-offs to ensure that Lanai’s students enter school safely, every day.”
"It really is incumbent on the adults in kids' lives to not only teach pedestrian safety, but also to lead by example, both on the sidewalk and behind the wheel," said L.A. Unified Board Vice President Nick Melvoin, whose district includes Lanai Road Elementary School. "Thank you to Assemblymember Dababneh for his commitment to keeping this community safe."
There is an urgent need for greater pedestrian safety awareness in California. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, pedestrian deaths occur in approximately 22 percent of all traffic fatalities. Furthermore, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported that pedestrians were one of the few groups of road users to experience an increase in fatalities in the United States in 2015, according to most recent statistics.