The La Quinta Police Department will be stepping up patrols and ensuring the safety of students who go back to school today, law enforcement officials reported.
The goal of the Traffic Safety Program is to educate drivers and to reduce accidents in school zones. In addition, the program will enhance the safety of pedestrians and bicyclists.
Officers advise the public to be aware of traffic laws surrounding school zones:
- The speed limit in a school zone with children present is 25 miles per hour.
- Pedestrians must use the designated crosswalks when crossing the street and bicyclists must obey the rules of the road which include; using designated bicycle lanes, traveling the same direction as traffic, and obeying all posted stop signs and signals. In addition, all bicyclists under the age of 18 must wear an approved bicycle helmet.
- Motorists must obey the direction of school crossing guards.
- Motorists are required to stop for flashing red lights on school buses unless traveling the opposite direction on a divided or multi-lane highway.
Parents and students are advised to allow extra time dropping off or picking up students.
The increase in traffic coupled people unfamiliar with pick up and drop off procedures are likely to cause delays and traffic issues.
Parents and students going to La Quinta High School are strongly encouraged to use Dune Palms Road due to construction on Adams Street.
Anyone with questions is urged to contact the La Quinta Police Traffic Services Office at 760-863-8990.