Written by Alden Zhang, Public Safety Assistant
Irvine Police Department, Crime Prevention Unit
With back to school just around the corner, the Irvine Police Department would like to remind everyone about some important safety tips.
Tips for Pedestrian Safety
- If your child walks to school, it is important to teach him or her to recognize and obey traffic signals, signs and pavement markings.
- Remind your children to cross streets only at designated crosswalks, street corners and traffic controlled intersections.
- Always walk – never run – across intersections.
- Know the routes that your child takes to school.
Tips for Bicycle Safety
- If your child rides a bike to school, make sure the helmet is fitted properly and the chin strap is snug.
- If possible, try to ride with someone else. There is safety in numbers.
- Never use electronics while riding, as they can be distracting.
- Choose the safest route between home and school and practice it with your children. A detailed map of designated suggested routes to school is available on the City’s website at www.cityofirvine.org/irvine-police-department/suggested-routes-school
- Remember to register all of your bikes at www.Project529.com/Irvine and securely lock your bikes to prevent bicycle thefts.
Tips for Driver Safety
- Watch for pedestrians not only in crosswalks, but possibly crossing in the middle of the street.
- You must stop when a crossing guard is in the crosswalk and may not proceed until the crossing guard is safely back on the sidewalk.
- If you are dropping off your child, plan for delays.
- Drop children off in designated locations. Do not allow children to get out of the car in the middle of the street.
- When a school bus is stopped with lights flashing, cars are not allowed to pass on either side.
For more information on crime prevention and personal safety, please visit CrimePrevention.IrvinePD.org.