CHP warns about school children |

CHP warns about school children

With children back in school, the California Highway Patrol is reminding drivers to be careful.

In California in 1996, 75 children between 5 and 15 years old were killed and 7,617 were injured in bicycle or pedestrian traffic collisions, according to CHP.

“The motoring public has grown accustomed to fewer children in the traffic mix, during the summer months, and needs to become more aware of kids traveling to and from school,” said Lt. Marty Whited, commander of the South Lake Tahoe CHP.

Drivers can reduce the risk to children by understanding that they are unpredictable and inexperienced in traffic, according to CHP.

“We must all slow down around schools, bus stops and residential areas. Look for clues that children may be in the area: safety patrols, crossing guards, bikes, school buses and school zone signs,” Whited said. “It is also important that we obey school bus stop laws. When the flashing red lights are activated on a school bus, it is mandatory that traffic comes to a complete stop in both directions.”

The fine for not stopping for a school bus is $415.

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