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Thousand Oaks - Back to School Traffic Safety Tips
8/17/2012 2:46:00 PM


Nature of Incident:

Back to School Safety

Report Number:



Thousand Oaks

Date & Time:

August 29, 2012

Unit Responsible:

Thousand Oaks Police Department

(S)uspects, (V)ictims, (D)ecedent

City of Residence






The Thousand Oaks Police Department would like to remind drivers and pedestrians to be extra careful when school resumes on August 29, 2012.  The start of the school year brings an abundant amount of traffic congestion around the local schools.  We suggest car pooling or picking an alternative drop off and pick up site away from the school to relieve traffic delays. 


The following tips are provided to ensure the safety of the students and serve as a reminder to be vigilant while traveling in a school zone. 


Tips for walking:


         When crossing the street, continue to scan both directions for approaching cars.

         Pay attention to all traffic signals and crossing guards.

         Use marked crosswalks and cross at controlled intersections when possible.

         Wear reflective clothing or bright colors so drivers can see you.

         Plan a safe walking route to and from the school or bus stop.

         When waiting for the school bus, stay out of the street and avoid horseplay.


Tips for riding a bike:


         If riding a bike always wear a helmet.

         Ride on the right side, in the same direction as traffic.

         Walk your bike when crossing the street.

         Know bicycle laws



Tips for drivers:


  • Be watchful around schools and bus stops for children in the street.
  • Pay attention to crossing guards.
  • Watch your speed in school and residential zones (25 MPH).
  • Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road.
  • Enter and exit driveways slowly and carefully, be observant in all directions.
  • Do not allow your child to exit the vehicle into traffic lanes, safely drop them off curbside.
  • Do not text or use your cell phone while driving.


The Thousand Oaks Police Department wishes everyone a safe school year.



Deputy Preparing Media Release:

Senior Deputy Timothy Lohman

Media Release Date:

August 15, 2012

Follow-Up Contact:

Senior Deputy Timothy Lohman

Approved by:

Captain Mike Hartmann