With the school year underway, the Sacramento Police Department, Sacramento City Unified School District (SCUSD), and other area schools want to remind drivers and pedestrians to be cautious.
As students are returning to school, the Sacramento Police Department is cautioning drivers, cyclists and pedestrians to obey traffic laws and follow common sense safety guidelines around campuses. Distracted driving such as texting or talking on the phone is not only illegal, but especially dangerous around schools, where hundreds of students may be on foot.
"The education of our children is critical to the success of our community, and that success involves ensuring our kids get to school safely," says Chief Rick Braziel. Due to area schools expecting increased congestion around campuses, the Sacramento Police Department is urging the community to remember the following safety tips:
- Always cross the street at a crosswalk, preferably at an intersection controlled by a traffic signal or stop sign.
- Look both ways while crossing. Walk, don't run.
- When biking, design your route around streets with clearly marked bike lanes, when possible.
- Always wear a bike helmet.
- Bike with the flow of traffic; walk against traffic.
- Motorists should be prepared to slow down for children entering the roadway.
- Use caution when sun glare may degrade a driver's vision.
- Parents should plan your child's route if they walk or cycle to school (safety spots to seek help, best places to cross roadways, ensure child does not get lost).
- Never walk alone at night.
- Never ask for or accept a ride from stranger.