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The City of Goleta would like to offer the following tips to help make our school zones safer and improve traffic safety.

With school in session, there will be significantly more traffic around school campuses. Pedestrians, bicyclists, buses and parents all contribute to school zone congestion. Schools may be faced with traffic issues such as double parking, speeding, unsafe U-turns, jaywalking and more.

In addition, See full size imagechildren do not always follow the rules of the road. Oftentimes they enter the street from between two cars, attempt to get their bikes through an intersection before the light turns red, and skateboard into traffic.

Motorists should exercise a heightened awareness in and around a school zone. Potential hazards are much easier to perceive when driving at or below the school zone speed limit of 15 mph. Special attention must also be paid to buses displaying flashing red lights when on an undivided two-lane roadway. In these instances, motorists are required by the California Vehicle Code to stop and wait until the flashing red lights are turned off before passing a bus.  The fine for passing a school bus when red lights are flashing is $646.00.

Parents who allow their children to ride bicycles to school should keep in mind that a helmet is required for those under the age of 18. In addition, children riding bicycles must travel with the flow of traffic. When considering whether to allow your child to ride a bike to school, also think about the effect that a bulky backpack may have on your child’s balance while he or she is riding a bike.  Also, remember to instruct your child to always walk their bike in a crosswalk.

Follow these simple suggestions to help make school zones safer for everyone:

  • Don’t speed.
  • Don’t impede traffic by dropping children off in the middle of the street.
  • Don’t double park.
  • Don’t block intersections or driveways if you park your vehicle.
  • Don’t make U-turns.
  • Always make sure that your children are wearing seatbelts when transporting them to and from school.

If you have a concern about traffic safety at or around a specific school, please contact Sergeant John Maxwell, Supervisor of the Traffic Unit, at (805) 961-7516 or via email at