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Foster City Police Department
Tuesday September 10th, 2013 :: 02:56 p.m. PDT


Community: School Traffic Safety Tips from SMPD, FCPD, and the SMFC School District

School’s Back in Session – Mind these Traffic Safety Tips from SMPD, FCPD, and SMFC Schools

Fall 2013 is now upon us and school is now back in session. The San Mateo-Foster City School District, and the San Mateo and Foster City Police Departments have sent letters out to the community reminding parents, drivers, and pedestrians big and small about some important traffic safety tips for the 2013-2014 school year.

The following safety tips are from the joint letter signed by our Police Chiefs and the Superintentdant. The full letter in both English and Spanish can be found on the SMPD website under Crime Prevention & Safety Tips or via this direct link:

Driving and Pedestrian Safety Tips – School Commute and Drop-Off
• Please drive slowly around the schools when children are present.
• Drivers MUST yield to pedestrians crossing in a crosswalk.
• Pedestrians crossing the street must use marked crosswalks. Most school campuses have numerous marked crosswalks in their areas.
• Whenever possible, drop off schoolchildren at locations where they do not have to cross the street.
• Transport children in the car in a manner that allows them to exit from the passenger side of the vehicle, closest to the sidewalk.
• When dropping off children - pull to the curb safely, have children exit carefully, and depart immediately to allow others to safely conduct drop-offs of their children. DO NOT leave your vehicle unattended in white curb zones.
• Do not block crosswalks, driveways, red curb zones, or fire hydrants.
• Left turns into and out of the on-campus drop off area are discouraged.
• In some cases, it is illegal to make U-turns near the school. U-turns should always be avoided when traffic is heavy.
• BE COURTEOUS to fellow parents and residents.
• Remain alert and encourage others to follow these safety tips.
For full details, view this message on the web.

Foster City Police Department
1030 E. Hillsdale Blvd.
Foster City, CA 94404

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