Students Return to School Motorists Urged to Drive Carefully

The Long Beach Police Department would like to remind everyone that most schools in the Long Beach Unified School District will be resuming sessions on Wednesday, August 29th, and with the volume of pedestrian traffic around schools increasing dramatically, all commuters are urged to follow the laws of the road in an effort to prevent avoidable accidents.

All drivers are reminded of the following:

  • Yield the right of way to pedestrians in marked or unmarked crosswalks
  • Do not overtake and pass a vehicle(s) stopped ahead of you when it has stopped for a pedestrian
  • Yield the right of way to pedestrians on sidewalks
  • Obey posted speed limits
  • Never drive while distracted – (examples: 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 … they are there to protect children!

It is equally important for pedestrians and parents to also follow the rules of the road!

Pedestrians are reminded to:

  • Yield to vehicles on the roadway if you are outside the crosswalk
  • Never cross between intersections controlled by traffic signals (to do so would constitute jaywalking)

Parents are reminded to:

  • Obey all parking signs/curb markings – they are designed to protect children and provide optimum traffic flow
  • Do not double park; it interrupts the flow of traffic and makes it difficult to for pedestrians to see oncoming traffic
  • Follow school drop-off procedures and always drop your child off on the curbside of the school
  • Teach your child to always cross the street at a crosswalk, and always pay attention to what is going on around them

The Long Beach Police Department is committed to pedestrian and motorist 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.