Commuters encouraged to practice traffic safety with start of new school year

The new academic year will begin Wednesday, Aug. 30 for most students in the Long Beach Unified School District. At the start of each school year, the Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) reminds drivers and pedestrians that with the academic year resuming, and the volume of pedestrian traffic around schools increasing, all commuters should 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 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 while outside the crosswalk
• Not cross between intersections controlled by traffic signals (to do so would constitute jaywalking)

Source: LBPD

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