As students head back to school on Aug. 29, the Fremont Police Department is preparing for higher-than-normal traffic volume around schools and will conduct enforcement patrols throughout the school year, starting with added patrols during the first week of school.
Along with their increased presence, the police urge parents and drivers to be extra cautious and proactive about traffic safety. Specifically, officers recommended that parents plan a route with their children ahead of time and practice walking it before the start of the school year. This will allow parents and children to identify any potential dangers and plan a route with the fewest number of traffic crossings, according to police.
Families with children younger than 10 years old should only cross the street with an adult and should never speak to or accept gifts or rides from strangers, police said. Drivers should also be aware of children at intersections, near curbs, and on or near the road in the morning and after school hours.
Drivers should never pass a stopped school bus with flashing red lights or a stop sign, officers said.
For more tips and back to school safety reminders, visit https://local.nixle.com/alert/5705912.
By Nuria Marquez.