Whether you are among those who are thrilled the kids are back in school or those who wish they had a few more weeks to spend as a family, the fact of the matter is, schools in session!
Everyone needs to do their part to keep our children safe as they head back to the classrooms.
Following these simple tips can help area children reach school safely and help drivers avoid costly fines and tickets. Drivers are urged to slow down, pay attention and follow traffic laws as the new school year begins.
Tips for Driving in School Zones
- Remain alert at all times.
- Put away your cellphone. Cellphone use is banned in active school zones and violators face fines of up to $200 in school zones where signs are posted.
- Always obey school zone speed limit signs. Remember, traffic fines usually double in school zones. Unless otherwise posted, California law provides for a speed limit of 25 mph when driving within 500 to 1,000 feet of a school while children are outside or crossing the street.
- Drop off and pick up your children in your school’s designated areas, not the middle of the street.
- Keep an eye on children gathered at bus stops.
- Be alert for children who might dart across the street or between vehicles on their way to school.
- Obey all traffic rules, signs, and signals.
- As always, stay away from alcohol and/or drugs, including prescribed and over-the-counter medication which may impair driving. They impact your ability to remain alert and affect your decision-making, reflexes and reaction time.
- All vehicles traveling in either direction must stop when a school bus is flashing its red lights and remain stopped as long as the red lights remain lit and/or flashing. Failure to stop for a school bus in California is a traffic violation. A traffic ticket for failure to stop for a school bus carries a fine of up to $1,000 and a suspended driver’s license for a year.
Tips for Children Walking or Biking to School
- Always cross at intersections and designated crosswalks. Look left, right and left again before proceeding. Never attempt to cross a multi-lane highway.
- Always walk on sidewalks, whenever they’re available.
- Look for traffic when stepping off a bus or from behind parked cars.
- Make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. Never assume a driver sees you.
- Always obey crossing guards.
- Always wear a helmet when riding a bicycle.
- When walking, don’t be distracted by electronic devices that take your eyes and ears off the road.
- Look for cars turning in all directions, including those turning left or right. Be visible at all times to drivers.
- Follow all traffic rules, signs and signals.
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