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Back to School Safety

August is designated as Back-to-School Safety Month, and with summer ending and the school year just around the corner the City of Carlsbad’s Police Department offers tips to help keep kids safe as they walk, bike or drive to school.

Tips to get a safe start to the school year:

  • Serve as a role model for safe driving habits

    • Slow to 25 mph an hour and be especially alert while driving near a school

    • Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, medians on curbs

    • Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully

    • Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours

    • Yield to pedestrians

    • Reduce any distractions inside your car, so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings. Talking and/or texting on the phone is illegal.

  • Follow basic safety rules

    • Use seat belts, car seats or booster seats for children

    • Use the crosswalk, do not jaywalk, across a street

    • Pay attention to school buses. If the bus is stopped, there might be children exiting or entering

  • Talk with children about the importance of traffic safety

    • Teach them how to cross the street at corners and in crosswalks

    • Use a crossing guard to cross the street, when available

    • Teach children to follow safe biking rules, such as wearing a helmet, stopping at street corners and stop signs

    • Remind children not to run into streets or cross in between parked cars

    • Walk with children to school for the first few days to familiarize them with the route and to point out possible traffic hazards

    • Teach children what do if they need help, including how to dial 9-1-1

  • Take an active role in helping teen learn to drive responsibly

    • Remind teens they are not allowed to have passengers for the first year that they are licensed to drive

    • Remind teens that texting and/or talking on the phone while driving is illegal

“Whether you are driving your kids to school or they are walking, you can do your part to keep your children safe,” said the City of Carlsbad Police Department’s Public Information officer Jodee Sasway. 

For more information
Jodee Sasway, Public Information Officer, City of Carlsbad Police Department

August 16, 2018