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Follow traffic safety tips as children head back to local schools

September 25, 2017

With thousands of children now back to school, here are some school safety tips provided by the National Safe Routes to School Program and the City of Cerritos Community Safety Division staff.

  • Slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits. This may be the most important safety tip to observe around schools.
  • Comply with school drop-off and pick-up procedures. Many schools in Cerritos have student valet or parking lot transition programs and should be used if possible.
  • Avoid double parking and stopping in crosswalks or in people's driveways to let children out of the car. Do not allow children to cross the street mid-block, and teach them to use crosswalks. Cerritos Sheriff's deputies have been directed to issue citations for these violations.
  • Stop for a school bus when red overhead lights are flashing or a stop sign has been activated on the street side of the bus. Violating this law may result in a very expensive citation.
  • Watch for children crossing streets near schools or at nearby corners. Pedestrians have the right-of-way when in marked or unmarked crosswalks. (Any intersection has an unmarked crosswalk unless a posted sign says otherwise.)
  • Watch for children on sidewalks when backing out or entering a driveway.
  • Pay attention to the directions of crossing guards, and take the time to thank them occasionally. These guards put themselves at risk every day to protect the kids.


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