School's in session: Drive carefully


As children return to school in the next few days, law enforcement is asking motorists to be alert while on the roadways.

The Los Banos Police Department is offering a few safety tips to make the new school year a safe one.

Motorists should give themselves enough time in the morning to get to all of their destinations, taking into account the increase in school traffic.

Police ask drivers to be on the lookout for young pedestrians and bicyclists.

Speed can lead to unintended consequences, according to police. People should drive slowly, especially in school zones or near bus stops.

Following traffic rules is also important. Obey school crossing guards and stop for all school buses picking up and dropping off children displaying red warning lights and stop signs.

Parents should remind their children to walk, not ride bicycles, across crosswalks. Wearing a helmet when riding a bicycle and never talking to strangers are lessons that should be taught as well.

What occurs inside the vehicle has an impact on road safety. Remember that hands-free cell phone use is the law and text messaging while driving is illegal. Also, make sure everyone in your vehicle is wearing a seat belt.

More police will be on the roads monitoring traffic during the next month.

"We are scheduling more officers to patrol the schools during the first few weeks of the new school year. They will be focusing on traffic enforcement and making sure our children get to school safely," Cmdr. Ray Reyna Jr. said.

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