Monday and Tuesday, over half a million children go back to school in Los Angeles County.
In Pasadena, many of these children will be either walking, bicycling, or skateboarding, perhaps even moreso than in recent years now that general education student bus service has been discontinued in a cost-cutting move.
Drivers should be ready for increased traffic during Pasadena’s morning hours and in midafternoon.
“Pasadena Police Department Traffic Section officers will be at various PUSD schools on Monday assisting with traffic and pedestrian safety,” Lt. Jason Clawson said.
“Parents and students are encouraged to follow the rules of the road and to cross at intersections, crosswalks and designated areas. Do not text and drive, do not text and walk, arrive at your location safely,” Clawson urged.
Pasadena Emergency Manager and spokesperson Lisa Derderian reminded parents and students to ask questions about the Disaster plans and cache of supplies at each respective school in order to be prepared for disasaters.
Derderian said the Pasadena Fire Department can provide additional disaster support and/or training at (626) 744-7177.
Here are some safety reminders for not only cildren, but everyone driving during the school year:
-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 scooter-riders:
-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.
-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, officials said.