Ceres students get safety checkup

local@modbee.comSeptember 4, 2013 

Ceres traffic officer Jason Coley performed a "school check" at Carroll Fowler Elementary School during recess Wednesday morning.

The checks are part of the traffic unit's efforts this school year to keep students safe and informed. By increasing their presence at schools, officers can communicate with the students and keep an eye on drivers when school starts and lets out.

Coley said the traffic unit will patrol one school each day before the first and after the last bell rings, rotating through the city's 20 or so schools.

"We care and we need to get out there," he said. "The school zones at the drop-off and pickup times are crazy."

So far this year, the majority of the violations consist of people speeding near schools or parents dropping off their children in the middle of the street and letting them jaywalk.

Also, many of the children riding bicycles to and from school are not wearing bike helmets.

Coley said the school checks, which the traffic unit plans to do once a week at alternating schools, are an opportunity to teach kids about traffic safety and answer any questions they have about law enforcement.

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