Mountain View Police Department announced today its “Operation Safe Passage” program that focuses on traffic enforcement in and around schools during drop-off and pick-up times will run through Friday, April 25.
“Operation Safe Passage” seeks to protect children and to encourage safe driving so that children and adults who choose to walk or bike to and from school, can do so in a traffic-safe environment, police said.
How can you help? MVPD asks that you share this with fellow community members and take note of the safety tips listed below -- all are good to know whether or not you have children.
Safety Tips for Drivers
1. Plan ahead and try not to be a rush during your morning commute. We know it’s tough, but just a few more minutes added to your morning commute can make a huge difference.
2. Don’t assume that kids will yield to you or other cars. Make eye contact with drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists.
3. Slow down and be attentive to your surroundings.
4. Put your smartphone down and don’t be distracted by emails, text messages, or apps. If it helps, turn your phone on silent or vibrate to prevent distractions.
Safety Tips and Reminders for Kids Crossing the Street
1. Walk to school with a group of kids and always have a responsible adult walk with you.
2. Always walk on the sidewalk if one is available.
3. If no sidewalk is available, walk facing traffic.
4. The safest place to cross is at a street corner or intersection.
Have questions about traffic, or want to report a traffic related matter? Go here.