Village of Orland Park Police Offer June Safety Initiatives

Village of Orland Park Police Offer June Safety Initiatives
Posted on 06/01/2017

The Orland Park Police Department has been sharing monthly safety initiatives for residents of all ages. Safety promotions for the month of June include bicycle and car seat safety along with a reminder for all motorists that school's out for the summer.

"The police department has two important events planned for June that will help keep children safe," said Mayor Keith Pekau. "Parents are invited to bring their children and their bikes to the June 10 Bike Rodeo and parents of little ones want to add the department's June 14 car seat safety check to their calendars."

With school out in Orland Park, drivers and students are reminded to take extra precautions during the summer months.

Drivers are urged to slow down and obey all traffic laws, speed limits (20 mph on residential streets) and traffic signals, and to keep an eye out for children walking or riding their bikes. Drivers are to be alert for children playing and for those who may dart into the street without looking for traffic.

"With the school year over, the Orland Park Police Department is reminding drivers of all ages to be especially vigilant when driving through residential areas and anywhere kids are present," said Trustee Dan Calandriello, chair of the village's Public Safety Committee. "Kids are playing outside, riding their bikes or walking through parking lots and don't always pay attention to cars coming through."

The police department invites the youngsters in the community to get summer bike riding off to a safe start by attending its Children's Bike Rodeo on Saturday, June 10. Tailored for young riders, the event will include a bicycle obstacle course for those age eight and younger.

Police personnel will conduct bicycle safety checks, ensure that helmets fit properly and register bicycles from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Lakeview Plaza, 15880 LaGrange Road.

"When the weather is nice, we see a huge increase in the number of bike riders," said Police Chief Tim McCarthy. "The Bike Rodeo is a great way to make sure your kids' bicycles are safe to ride and that helmets are property fitted."

Officers will conduct a bike tune-up to ensure brakes are tightened, chains are oiled and tires are filled. Residents can also check to make sure their children's bike seats and helmets are properly fitted, and register their bike with the OPPD. Registered bicycles are easier to return to owners if they are stolen or found abandoned.

On June 14, the Orland Park Police Department will team with Babies R Us to host a free Child Safety Seat Check from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Orland Park store at 15820 S. 94th Avenue.

Certified Illinois child passenger safety technicians will inspect and fit child safety seats to each child and vehicle. The store will offer a discount on new child safety seats to anyone turning in an expired or unsafe car seat.

Questions may be directed to the Orland Park Police Department non-emergency number at 708/349-4111.