The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and the Los Angeles School Police Department are warning motorists to be careful around campuses during the beginning of classes this week at LAUSD schools.
More than 650,000 students started the 2014-15 school year on Tuesday, Aug. 12, and thousands of children are walking and bicycling to school, or will be crossing streets near the campuses.
“The safety of students and staff is our top priority,” Los Angeles School Police Chief Steven K. Zipperman said. “The school police remind all motorists to be extra cautious and give yourself extra traveling time. We will have numerous students, parents and guardians walking along our safe routes to school and many our students will be traveling by bicycle. Don’t text while driving and remain extra alert.”
Zipperman said the school police department are partnering with the Los Angeles Police Department for enforcement. Police will particularly be looking to prevent school crossing guard yielding violations; speeding violations through school zones and school bus yielding violations. Motorists and pedestrians must obey crossing guards, and whether a guard is present or not, pedestrians must cross the street in crosswalks, if one is available, or from a street corner or intersection. The speed limit with school children present is 25 mph. Bicycle riders must wear helmets at all times, and motorists must stop in both directions when school buses flash red lights while loading or unloading students.
School Safety Tips:
• Stand five giant steps from the road until the school bus arrives, and the driver says to board.
• When boarding the school bus, go straight to your seat, sit facing the front and listen to the driver.
• When exiting the bus, watch for traffic before proceeding. Wait for the driver to signal it is safe to cross.
Tips for pedestrians include:
• Choose a safe route to school.
• Walk with a parent or friend.
• Stay on the sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.
• Before crossing a street, look to the left, right and to the left again. Do not cross if traffic is coming. Use a crosswalk if available.
• Always wear a helmet and make sure to buckle chinstraps.
• Ride on bike paths or on the sidewalk. Do not ride in the street.
• Be aware of everything and everyone around you.
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