(March 10, 2017) - On March 8, 2017, the Cape Coral Police Department, in partnership with the Lee County Tax Collector's Office, gave the first of what will be an ongoing series of presentations aimed at schoolchildren on a variety of safety topics. Christa McAuliffe Charter Elementary School and their school resource officer Master Corporal Gene Raphael were welcoming and accommodating hosts. Corporal Phil Mullen with the Cape Coral Police Public Affairs Office and Iris De Hoyos with the Lee County Tax Collector's Office gave three presentations, one each to 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes. Some highlights:
- Bicycle safety was covered extensively, such as the ABC's before setting out (Air, Brakes, Chain); the importance of wearing a helmet and proper fit; the need for having lights and reflectors; rules of the road for bicycles and how they co-exist with vehicles and pedestrians safely; riding with friends for visibility and to have help in the event of an emergency; and looking both ways and making positive eye contact with drivers before attempting to cross a road. The upcoming student Spring Break and the "Share the Road"/"Bike Walk Run" campaigns were discussed.
- Each student received a reflective bag with bike lights, activity books related to bike safety, a pledge (provided by the NHTSA) for the student and parent to sign regarding always wearing a helmet, and other items generously donated by the Florida Department of Transportation and brought to the children by the Lee County Tax Collector's Office.
- Students were able to ask lots of questions, relate their bicycle safety stories (good and bad), and how to improve and learn on these experiences was discussed.
- M.Cpl. Raphael brought one of the Cape Coral Police Department bicycles into the classroom to show the children, and he made sure to be modeling a helmet and its proper wearing.
The Cape Coral Police Department thanks Christa McAuliffe Charter Elementary School, the Lee County Tax Collector's Office, and the Florida Department of Transportation for being gracious hosts and for being instrumental to this presentation. We look forward to continuing more safety presentations to the schools in Cape Coral.
CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341