With schools opening this week, the Livermore Police Department is urging everyone throughout the Tri-Valley would like to read the following back to school traffic safety tips and share them with family, friend, and co-workers.
Bicycle Safety: For children riding their bicycle to school, make sure they wear their bicycle helmet correctly. Ensure that they know and follow all the bicycling laws, including riding on the right-hand side of the road (same direction as traffic), stopping for stop signs and only one rider on a bike.
Pedestrian Safety: Students must cross at the signal lights or marked crosswalks. Any students observed crossing in the middle of the street (jaywalking) may be cited. This also includes trips off campus at brunch and lunchtime.
Driving in school zones: Abide by all traffic laws. Remember the speed limit in school zones is 25mph when children are present (regardless of the posted speed). Also keep in mind the safe speed for conditions may be quite a bit slower in school zones due to increased pedestrian and bicycle traffic, so drive cautiously.
Dropping off in or near the school: All schools have a designated drop off area for students. Some areas are unstaffed and some are staffed with student valets. Take advantage of these safe and legal areas to drop off your child. Never drop off a child in the middle of the street, even if traffic is stopped.
Parking at the school: The school's parking lot may have been re-striped or posted so abide by all curb markings in and around the school. The curbs are specifically marked for safe maneuvering and visibility.
Red curb- You can never stop, stand or park your vehicle in a red zone.
Yellow curb- Drop off only, you may not park and exit your vehicle.
Green curb- Time limit parking, regulated by a posted sign and curb marking.
Blue curb- This is for disabled persons and buses that transport disabled students
Driving and parking in school zones can be a hectic time. Try the following tips, they may make your journey more pleasant.
Arrive early- Even 5 minutes earlier can make a difference.
Afternoon time, arrive a little later- Only if your child is of age.
Carpooling- One seatbelt per occupant.
Prearrange a location for your child to wait for you- Park a block away. Make sure the location is safe and legal for you to stop in.
Walk or ride your bicycle to school- Parents should walk/ride with their student until they feel confident with their child's abilities.
Dublin Police also reminded students, parents, and area residents to allow extra time when traveling during school drop-off and pick-up times, and to drive cautiously and act courteously toward others.
"Pedestrians crossing the street --both in crosswalks and at intersections -- have the right-of-way, and drivers must yield to them at all times," a police spokesman said.
Dublin police will be providing traffic education and enforcement around all Dublin schools this week, including enforcement of "no texting while driving." Posted speed limits around schools when children are present is 25 mph, police said.