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Martinez Police Department
Sunday August 21st, 2016 :: 08:14 p.m. PDT


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This week marks the start of the 2016-2017 school year for Martinez schools. Tomorrow, Hidden Valley Elementary begins its year, and Tuesday is the start for the Martinez Unified School District. Our regional traffic team will be out this week to make sure the roadways and schools are safe while everyone gets into the swing of safe drop offs, pick ups, and safe travels to and from school. 

Please take extra time getting ready for your commute, as there will be plenty of people on the road. Below are some tips from the National Safety Council taken from their web site at:
Don't double park; it blocks visibility for other children and vehicles. 
Don't load or unload children across the street from the school. 
Carpool to reduce the number of vehicles at the school crosswalk. 
Don't block the crosswalk when stopped at a red light or waiting to make a turn, forcing pedestrians to go around you; this could put them in the path of moving traffic. 
In a school zone when flashers are blinking, stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection. 
Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign. 
Take extra care to look out for children in school zones, near playgrounds and parks, and in all residential areas. 
Don't honk or rev your engine to scare a pedestrian, even if you have the right of way. 
Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians. 
Always use extreme caution to avoid striking pedestrians wherever they may be, no matter who has the right of way. 
Let's have a safe start to the school year!

Martinez Police Department
525 Henrietta St
Martinez, CA 94553

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 925-372-3440

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