Talking Points: Addressing Parents

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As a law enforcement officer, you are likely to have many invitations to make a brief presentation regarding pedestrian and bicycle safety in a school setting or at a Safe Routes to School (SRTS) meeting. The following is not a speech, but rather ten to fifteen minutes of talking points you can use as a guide to make sure you cover key messages. With more time and depending on the particular circumstances at the school you are visiting, you can elaborate on any of the issues below.

Overall message: Start and end with an upbeat message. The points are mostly about safety, but you should emphasize that walking and bicycling are good for the health of children and is something that your department supports.

A few additional points to make to parents in areas with crime issues:

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