News release - 8/26/2013

Published 8/26/2013 (all press releases for this day)

Jeri Williams
Chief of Police
Oxnard Police Department

R. Jason Benites
Assistant Chief

Scott Whitney
Assistant Chief



INCIDENT: Traffic  and Safety Advisory: Back to School, this week 
DATE/TIME: 8/26/13, 2:50pm
LOCATION: Citywide
PREPARED BY: Miguel Lopez, Community Affairs Manager
Miguel Lopez, Community Affairs Manager, (805)385-7631 or 

DETAILS: ( Oxnard, CA) With the beginning of school in Oxnard, the Oxnard Police Department would like to notify residents of increased traffic during peak times at all local elementary, middle, and high schools. 

“This is always an exciting time of year for many in our city,” said Oxnard Police Chief Jeri Williams.  “Children, parents, pedestrians, drivers, and crossing guards are encouraged to exercise safety-first as our families return to school,” she added.
The Oxnard Police Department has heard from community members and leaders who want to remind parents to give themselves extra time during school peak times to alleviate traffic or more dangerous conditions. Drivers are reminded that it is illegal to double and triple park to drop off or pick up students, and illegal U-turns are not only illegal, they can be dangerous.
Parents are reminded to drive carefully around school buses and children, and to be extra vigilant to ensure the continued safety of our school children and school crossing guards this time of year. 
Oxnard Police remind drivers that it is very important to obey the posted speed limit and pay close attention to their surroundings at all times.  Within a school zone, it is especially important to be alert, drive carefully, and follow the directions of the crossing guards.

Drivers should expect delays near school this week.  We encourage drivers to know your route, give yourself an extra 15 minutes, and drive the posted speed limit.
Further, families are reminded to park only in lawful areas, drop-off children onto sidewalk or right-side of the vehicle—unloading school children into a traffic lane could put a child in harm’s way.  We also encourage you to remind children to remain alert and look left, right, and then left again before crossing the street.
Oxnard Police wish everyone a very happy and safe return to school!

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