As school year begins, LBPD reminds drivers, pedestrians and parents to obey traffic safety

The Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) issued a press release this week to remind everyone that with school having begun Wednesday, Sept. 4, and with the volume of pedestrian traffic around schools increasing, all commuters are encouraged to practice the following safety tips in an effort to prevent avoidable accidents:

Drivers are reminded to:

• Yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in marked or unmarked crosswalks
• Not overtake and pass a vehicle stopped ahead of you when it has stopped for a pedestrian
• Yield the right-of-way to pedestrians on sidewalks
• Obey posted speed limits
• Not drive while distracted– examples include using a cell phone, reading, applying make-up, etc.
• Stop and remain stopped for school buses with flashing red lights– opposing traffic must also stop unless a painted or raised divider separates the roadway
• Watch and obey crossing guards, who are there to protect children

Pedestrians are reminded to:

• Yield to vehicles on the roadway if you are outside the crosswalk
• Not cross between intersections controlled by traffic signals (to do so would constitute jaywalking)

Parents are reminded to:

• Obey all parking signs and curb markings – they are designed to protect children and provide optimum traffic flow
• Follow school drop-off procedures and always drop children off on the curbside of the school
• Teach children to always cross the street at a crosswalk

The Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section is committed to motorist and pedestrian safety and traffic laws will be strictly enforced at and around our schools! For further information, please contact the Long Beach Police Department’s Traffic Section at (562) 570-7209.

Source: LBPD

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