Over Half Million Kids Go Back to School Today in L.A. County

Published : Tuesday, August 18, 2015 | 2:23 PM

Today, over half a million children go back to school in Los Angeles County. Many of these kids will be either walking, bicycling, skateboarding and boarding/unboarding school buses.

Here are some friendly reminders for not only our kids, but everyone driving during the school year:

Pedestrians
-Cross at the corner or crosswalk (no jaywalking).
-Always walk on the sidewalk.
-Pay attention. Do not walk while talking on a cell phone or listen to music while crossing a street.
-Stop before you cross, look both ways when you cross.
-Never cross or enter the street from in between cars.
-Obey all traffic signs and signal lights.

Bicyclists, skateboarders and scooters
-All bicyclists should wear properly fitted bicycle helmets every time they ride.
-Anyone under 18 who uses a skateboard, non-motorized scooter, rollerblades, roller skates and bicycle must use a helmet.
-Ride your bicycle in the same direction as other vehicles.
-Be visible. Wear bright clothing and reflective materials during the day.
-Always pay attention. Do not use your cell phone while you bike.
-Obey all signs and signals.

Motorists
-Expect children walking, biking, skateboarding or riding scooters.
-Always pay attention. Do not use your cell phone while you drive.
-Give at least three-feet clearance space to bicyclists.
-Slow down in all school zones.
-Obey School Bus signals – i.e., red lights flashing means stop. (applicable on private roadway too)
-Stay focused, do not drive distracted.

As always, please wear your seatbelts and ensure your carseat is properly installed. If you need help with your installation, contact your nearest CHP office and make an appointment with a car seat technician.

The California Highway Patrol desires everyone to have a safe back-to-school season. Please share these tips with your friends and family.

 

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