Traffic Safety Tips for the New School Year


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Our children have now started their new school and all the employees of the Watsonville Police Department wish them success in their studies.  The first step to success is arriving for school and coming back home safely.  The Watsonville Police Department and the California Office of Traffic Safety wants to encourage our residents to prepare for the increased back-to-school and back-to-work traffic with the following tips on traffic safety.

Follow the 25 MPH Neighborhood Speed Limit

Drivers should be aware of their speed and surroundings and adhere to the 25 mph speed limit when driving through residential neighborhoods.  Drivers should be extra cautious when driving into and out of school zones.  Children can quickly dart into the street, and if drivers are going too fast to make a quick stop, severe injuries can occur.  Drivers must stop in both directions when a school bus has stopped and it is picking-up or dropping-off children.  Keep distractions to a minimum by not allowing your cellular phone to interfere with your driving concentration.

Always Wear a Seatbelt

All persons riding in motor vehicle should be wearing their safety belts or be in an age appropriate child safety seat.  California is currently at a 96.6 compliance rate for drivers and passengers wearing their seatbelts.  This compliance has substantially reduced injuries during collisions.  If you have questions in regards to the proper installation of your child safety seat, please contact the Watsonville Fire Department at 768-3209 to schedule an appointment.

Bicycle Safety

Riding a bike is an excellent way to get back and forth to school.  Riding a bike does take a great deal of responsibility to make sure it is done in a safe manner.  Bike riders need to follow the rules of the road the same as a motorized vehicle.  Bike riders must ride with the flow of traffic and stop at signals when the light is red and stop signs.  Children under the age of 18 are required to wear a helmet, and a helmet is recommended for everyone to reduce the likelihood of a brain injury during a fall from a bike.

Pedestrian Safety

Many students walk to and from school which is great exercise and good for the environment.  Walkers need to exercise extra caution.  Always walk on the sidewalk and if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic.  Cross streets at marked crosswalks or intersections and obey traffic signals.  Look left, right and then left again before crossing.  Don’t assume vehicles will stop.  Make eye contact with the driver of a stopped or slowing vehicle before entering the roadway.  Be extra cautious when vehicles are making turning movements, many drivers will not see pedestrians when they are turning a vehicle.

As you start your new school year, please keep these tips in mind so that everyone may reach their destinations safely.




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