Back-to-School Season Safety Tips
The back-to-school season can be hectic for many parents and students, especially getting to and from school. Since so many parents and kids arrive at school simultaneously, school zones often present a serious safety hazard for children.
With kids heading back to school this month, here are some school-zone safety tips from the Automobile Club of Southern California to help reduce traffic hazards in and around school zones:
- Don’t text and use cell phones while driving or walking.
- Use the existing school drop-off/pick-up system and discuss drop-off/pick up rules with your children.
- Use a crosswalk when available. Don’t assume that because you can see the driver, the driver can see you.
- Look all ways before crossing – and listen for cars, pedestrians and bicyclists.
- Follow instructions provided by school crossing guards.
Every year from August 1 to October 31, the Auto Club launches an educational campaign to help reduce the number of traffic crashes near schools. The "School’s Open—Drive Carefully" campaign raises awareness of pedestrian fatalities, with a focus on safety before and after school hours. With increased risks and dangers related to cell phone use while behind the wheel, this year’s campaign also provides tips on how to prevent texting and driving.
To obtain a free copy of the Auto Club’s "School’s Open—Drive Carefully" campaign materials, which include posters, bookmarks and safety tip cards, visit AAA.com/school safety.
Also the city should not have constant lane closures on Margaurite pkwy. during school rush hours in the am and pm.
The City typically permits lane closures between 9 am and 3:30 pm such that all lanes are open during morning and afternoon peak traffic times. Reducing this to also avoid school bell times would provide insufficient construction work windows. Last year, there was unusually heavy construction activity on Marguerite Parkway, including two intersection projects, a median landscaping project and new development at the corner of Avery Parkway. This coming year, construction activity on Marguerite Parkway is expected to be much lighter.