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Back-to-school essentials given away Friday

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A student receives a bicycle helmet at a back-to-school safety event at the Cambridge Recreation Center in Las Vegas on Friday, Aug. 15. (FOX5) A student receives a bicycle helmet at a back-to-school safety event at the Cambridge Recreation Center in Las Vegas on Friday, Aug. 15. (FOX5)
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Free child car seats, bike helmets and school supplies were offered during a back-to-school safety session on Friday.

As the start of school draws near in the Clark County School District, community agencies such as Las Vegas Metro Police and the Nevada Department of Transportation are touting the importance of safety for younger members of the Valley.

The back-to-school essentials were given away as part of an informational session that included experts and safety advocates at Cambridge Recreation Center, 3930 Cambridge St. in Las Vegas.

The event ran from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m.

According to organizers, University Medical Center Children's Hospital provided the child seats with technical assistance on installing them from CCSD Police. In addition, NDOT helped fit the bike helmets.

"We can absolutely achieve zero fatalities of school children this year if everybody follows the rules," said Director of the UNLV Vulnerable Road Users Project Erin Breen.

Breen said after a long summer break it's easy for people to forget how to drive in and around school zones. She said drivers need to slow down and pay attention especially near cross walks.  

"People don't realize that literally a third of our pedestrian injury accidents every year are school children on their way to or from school," said Breen.

In the following week, experts and community members will also provide informational events around town that will focus on in-vehicle safety for all ages as well as crosswalk rules.

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