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Traffic safety tips

Updated December 23, 2009

During the daily patrols, the Cerritos Traffic Deputy sees dozens of accidents—from minor scrapes to major collisions—caused by careless or pushy drivers. Here are a few tips for playing it safe:

  • Red lights mean stop, and yellow lights mean slow down, not speed up. Obey the law. Keep your speed under the limit.
  • Congested areas, such as near the mall on South Street between Studebaker and Gridley roads, have a greater incidence of rear-end accidents. Stay at least one car-length behind the vehicle in front of you for every 10 miles per hour you're driving.
  • When turning left at an intersection, yield to any oncoming cars. Never try to beat them.
  • Look carefully before turning on to a major street from a residential neighborhood, and leave plenty of time to accelerate. This is a common cause of smash-ups.
  • Always wear a seatbelt, even if you're just driving down the street for groceries.
  • When stopped at a red light, pause and look both ways when the light turns green. It only takes a second.
  • If someone takes "your" parking space, find another one.
  • Don't become so upset by other drivers that you lose control and do something you shouldn't.

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