With kids throughout Carlsbad heading back to school, the City of Carlsbad Police Department offers these important safety tips:
Serve as a role model with safe driving habits:
Slow to 25 miles per hour and be especially alert while driving near a school
Take extra time to look for kids at intersections, medians and 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 texting on the phone while driving are illegal.
Follow basic safety rules:
Use seat belts, car seats or booster seats for children
Use the crosswalk to cross the street. Do not jaywalk
Pay attention to school buses. If the bus is stopped, there might be children exiting or entering. Drivers in both directions (unless there is an island) must stop when the bus lights are flashing and/or the stop sign is extended.
Talk with children about the importance of traffic safety: