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Follow traffic safety tips as children head back to school

Updated September 22, 2016

The greatest threat to Los Angeles County residents, both personally and financially, isn't violent or property crime. In Cerritos, and perhaps also in the other 88 cities within the county, the most significant personal risk tends to occur while driving on local streets and highways. For most residents, the most common public safety-related incident is a car accident involving other cars, bicyclists or pedestrians.

Cerritos averages about 200 residential burglaries annually, but between 800 to more than 1,000 reported traffic collisions. Living defensively is important in reducing our crime risk, but driving defensively is even more important in reducing risk of personal injury and death.

With thousands of children now back to school, it is particularly important to heed school-related traffic safety tips. Below are some school safety tips provided by the National Safe Routes to School Program and the City of Cerritos Community Safety Division staff.

  • Slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits. This may be the most important safety tip to observe around schools.
  • Comply with school drop-off and pick-up procedures. Many schools in Cerritos have student valet or parking lot transition programs and should be used if possible.
  • Avoid double parking and stopping in crosswalks or in people's driveways to let children out of the car. Do not allow children to cross the street mid-block, and teach them to use crosswalks. Cerritos Sheriff's deputies have been directed to issue citations for these violations.
  • Stop for a school bus when red overhead lights are flashing or a stop sign has been activated on the street side of the bus. Violating this law may result in a very expensive citation.
  • Watch for children crossing streets near schools or at nearby corners. Pedestrians have the right-of-way when in marked or unmarked crosswalks. (Any intersection has an unmarked crosswalk unless a posted sign says otherwise.)
  • Watch for children on sidewalks when backing out or entering a driveway.
  • Pay attention to the directions of crossing guards, and take the time to thank them once in a while. There are 23 guards in Cerritos who put themselves at risk every day to protect the kids.

Heed these safety tips to help keep the children in Cerritos safe.


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