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Posted on: September 8, 2022

[ARCHIVED] Back To School Safety

Back To School Safety

With school back in session, it is important to pay extra attention and drive carefully when traveling through a school zone.

Whether driving or walking, there are things everyone can do to prevent serious injuries or fatalities. Among these are:

Behind the Wheel

  • Lowering your speed and remaining alert for pedestrians –  25 mph is the maximum speed when children are present.
  • Watching for and yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks and at all intersections – they have the right-of-way at these locations. 
  • Never passing a school bus while it is stopped with flashing red lights or stop sign out – children are either boarding or getting  off. Passing a stopped school bus is illegal in California, and violators are subject to a fine of up to $1,000 and up to one-year suspension of their driver’s license.

On Foot

  • Cross the street only at signalized or marked crosswalks, and check for oncoming traffic in all directions before stepping off  the curb.
  • Make eye contact with drivers to make sure they can see you before crossing in front of them.
  • Eliminate opportunities for distraction such as the use of cell phones, hand-held games, or music devices. 
  • Watch for cars entering or exiting driveways or parking lots.

For additional back-to-school safety tips, check out a video by Sheriff’s Deputy Aaron Scheller posted on the City’s YouTube channel at

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