MODESTO (CBS13) — Before school starts in Modesto, the school district wants to teach parents a lesson to help prevent traffic accidents.
The district says many parents prefer driving their children, which creates traffic jams and unsafe conditions outside of campus.
“There is a big problem with drop off and pick up. Parents get in a hurry, and they ask their students to do dangerous things like they’ll park on the opposite side and ask the kids to cross not in the crosswalk or not with a crossing guard,” said Superintendent Pam Able.
A kindergartner was struck and killed by a city bus in March 2014 when he ran into the street to meet his parents, who were waiting across from the school. While no students were injured in the last school year, the district says it wants to be proactive.
The district and the police are working on a safety video that will be posted on the district’s website later this week and be shown at back-to-school nights to remind parents how to safely drive up to the schools.
“Following the speed limit and actually slowing down, and watching for students riding bikes and children darting in and out of cars,” Able said.
The district says even adults need to re-learn the rules coming back from summer vacation.