RIVERSIDE COUNTY SHERIFF’S DEPARTMENT
Sheriff Chad Bianco
|Back to School Traffic Awareness
|August 6, 2021
|Month of August
|Schools Throughout Moreno Valley and Surrounding Areas
|Deputy Evan Bechtold
As Schools Reopen for In-Person Learning, Riverside County Sheriff’s Department Moreno Valley Station Traffic Bureau Encourages Drivers, Parents and Students to “Go Safely”.
Moreno Valley, Calif. – As students and staff return to schools for in-person instruction, the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Moreno Valley Station Traffic Bureau, reminds everyone to keep the safety of students in mind when traveling around schools.
This includes stopping for school buses. California law requires drivers to stop when a school bus is in front of them and extends its stop sign with flashing red lights. Drivers must remain stopped as long as the red lights are on. Drivers in both directions must stop on any two-lane road without a median or two-lane road with a center turn lane.
“Please drive carefully in school zones,” Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Deputy Evan Bechtold said. “Let’s help keep students safe to ensure as smooth a transition as possible back to in-person learning.”
The Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Moreno Valley Station Traffic Bureau, offers the following tips for drivers, parents and students:
- Walk on sidewalks and use marked crosswalks, preferably at stop signs or signals.
- Watch for cars entering/backing out of driveways or leaving parking spaces.
- Always look left-right-left before crossing or entering the street. Do not count on cars see to you. Continue scanning for cars when entering the crosswalk.
- Do not listen to loud music or use a phone when crossing the street.
- Drivers should slow down in school zones. Anticipate more foot and car traffic around schools for drop-off and pick-ups.
- Drivers and parents should be patient. The car stopped in front of you may be letting children you do not see cross the roadway.
- Drivers should do their best to avoid blocking the crosswalk especially when making a right-hand turn
- Parents should follow any school guidance related to dropping off or picking up students.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
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