August 26, 2014

School Starts Tomorrow...Let's Make This Year a Safe Commute School Year!

Hard to believe.....but summer is coming to a screeching halt.  In case you haven't stocked up on lunch supplies, backpacks and's a reminder!!!
Most Santa Cruz City Schools start tomorrow (Wednesday August 27th)
In just a few weeks, UCSC will be starting classes too.  What this likely means to you is that you will experience more traffic in your morning and afternoon commutes.  This increased traffic comes in all varieties; vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians.  
Traffic safety and safe school commutes are a priority issue for the Santa Cruz Police Department.   Our traffic officers are dedicated to ensuring school zones that are safe from aggressive and unsafe driving practices.  
We will be increasing our presence and traffic enforcement around our school zones, so you will be seeing more of this:
Don't let your driving habits give you cause to meet these guys!
They will be out in force to help ensure our school commutes are safe!! 
Here are a few common violations we see around the schools:
  • Speeding (parents late for drop off or pickup)
  • Illegal parking (parents late for drop off or pickup and not willing to walk from a distance)
  • Illegal turns (parents trying to get that coveted up-close drop off/pick up location)
  • Stop Sign Violations
  • Not yielding to pedestrians
  • Pedestrians crossing unsafely
It is our hope that commuters engage in safe and courteous habits to avoid experiencing an enforcement action.  Some tips to help your commute:
  • Leave in plenty of time and anticipate heavier than usual traffic
  • Be aware of school zones and traveled routes to school
  • Be courteous and respectful to all traffic
  • Be respectful to neighbors of schools avoiding parking in their driveways or parking lots without their permission
We encourage all commuters to develop safe and courteous habits and help us ensure this school year is a safe one.  If you have any questions or concerns about traffic safety in your school zone, please contact our Traffic Unit Sergeant @ (831) 420-5850.