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.
- 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 https://www.youtube.com/cityofdiamondbar.