Produced by the Santa Barbara Police Department circa the mid to late 1970s and directed by Jim Skidmore, this film begins with footage of police vehicles and a brief introduction to law enforcement traffic duties. At 01:07, a young girl on a bicycle is depicted getting ticketed by a police officer by the side of the road. The film goes on to explore the dangers of cyclists disobeying traffic laws and causing accidents, an issue that law enforcement viewed as underrated at the time. The narrator explains that while automobile accidents had remained relatively constant despite ever increasing numbers of vehicles on the roads, accidents caused by bicyclists had doubled, citing that ninety percent of bicycle riders were violating the law (04:06-04:40). An emphasis is placed on children under thirteen accounting for half of the injuries and deaths from such accidents. Starting at 04:54, a series of graphic images of children fatally injured in bicycle accidents is shown to underscore the tragic nature of such collisions (04:54-05:40). After warning families and the general public to take responsibility for ignoring bicycle safety, the film circles back to the young girl on the bicycle receiving a ticket. The safety film explains that law enforcement officers will need to continue enforcing what may seem like harsh penalties for the safety of all bicyclists, as well as teaching children and parents why these rules are important from the perspective of public safety (06:50-08:26).
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