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Illegal and unsafe drop-off of schoolchildren may result in a hefty citation

December 28, 2015

Illegally or unsafely dropping off or picking up schoolchildren from vehicles onto roadways near schools is a traffic violation and is subject to a citation.

In the interest of public safety, a Cerritos ordinance implements a $25 fine for the violation; additional State and County penalties bring the total fine to more than $135.

Adults are routinely seen walking their children to school across busy streets outside of crosswalks. Some drivers illegally park, often in the middle of the block, and allow their child to cross the street. This practice poses a safety risk, especially to young children. Some drivers block driveways and fire hydrants in residential areas to unload passengers or walk their children to school.

The Cerritos Municipal Code states:

  • No driver may stop, park or leave his or her vehicle for the purpose of loading or unloading passengers unless the vehicle is legally parked.
  • No driver may stop, park or leave any vehicle in the roadway across from or adjacent to any public or private school for the purpose of loading or unloading anyone attending schools in grades K-12, where in order to reach the school or grounds from the vehicle or reach the vehicle from the school or grounds, it is necessary for a pedestrian to walk across a roadway. This section would be inapplicable where traffic is controlled by a traffic officer, a school crossing guard, an official traffic control sign or signal, or where there is a marked pedestrian crosswalk that the pedestrian walks on.

When transporting children to and from school, park legally and cross streets at marked crosswalks. For more information, call the Cerritos Community Safety Division at (562) 916-1266.

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