With schools opening today, the Pleasanton Police Department is offering safety tips for getting students to school safely.
Whether you are a parent driving your child to school or an everyday commuter, streets get busier with cars, bicyclists and pedestrians. To accommodate to the increased traffic, schedules are driving patterns should be adjusted, according to police.
* Give yourself plenty of time in the morning. Leaving earlier reduces stress, increases awareness and improves driving.
* Obey the posted speed and direction signs. This includes marked curbs and signs in school zones that indicate bus parking only. One poorly placed, unattended vehicle can lead to disruptions in the school parking lot.
* Be patient. Impatience leads to aggressive driving, rude or unwarranted behavior, pedestrian collisions and gridlocks.
* Have your kids ready when you get to the school curb. Don't be that person that sits and chats with their child as the child gets their jacket and backpack ready before exiting the car. This causes backups and delays. In addition, have a designated plan for picking up the children in the afternoon - select a time and place for the children to be waiting and ready.
* Explore carpool, ride-sharing and walking alternatives. The City of Pleasanton and the Pleasanton Unified School District have worked together to come up with a variety of traffic calming solutions.
* Look for and obey school crossing guards. Crossing guards are present near the surrounding streets of each elementary school. Be aware of their needs and slow down when approaching them. Prepare to stop and follow their directions so the children can get to school safely.
* Children riding bicycles should always wear helmets and obey traffic laws.
The Pleasanton Police Traffic Bureau and patrol officers will be increasing their efforts at all Pleasanton schools for the next several weeks.