LAPD Promoting Traffic Safety Around Schools

January 4, 2005

News Conference
Langdon Elementary School, 8817 Langdon Avenue, North Hills
Wednesday, January 5, 2005, at 7:00 a.m.
Commander Valentino Paniccia, Operations-Valley Bureau, Captain Ronald Marbrey, Commanding Officer, Valley Traffic Division, Captain Craig Klein, California Highway Patrol Mr. Gil Botello, Commission for Children’s Youth Representatives from Los Angeles City Council, Department of Transportation and Los Angeles Unified School District
Los Angeles: After the holidays children return to school and classes resume. The Los Angeles Police Department wants to bring awareness to motorists of the traffic laws in effect around schools in an effort to save children’s lives.
Regrettably each year in the City of Los Angeles, many children are either injured or killed while being dropped off or picked up from school.
Year Number of Injuries and Deaths

2001 222 injuries, six deaths
2002 95 injuries, one death
2003 164 injuries, one death
2004 41 injuries only from January through June

Safety Tips around schools will be provided during the news conference. Spanish media will be accommodated with a Spanish-speaking officer.
For further information, contact Detective William Bustos, Valley Traffic Division, at 818-756-8391.
This news advisory was prepared by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Section, at 213-485-3586.