Operation Safe Passage protects school zones

September 12, 2008 12:56:34 PM PDT
Law enforcement agencies throughout Santa Clara County will be participating in the school safety program "Operation Safe Passage" from Monday to Sept. 19 to ensure the laws of the road are followed in school zones.

The purpose of the operation is to alert and educate the community about the rules of the road when they are near a school, according to San Jose police Office Enrique Garcia. Authorities want drivers to develop safe roadway practices near campuses.

Enforcement efforts will focus on parents transporting their children to and from school, commuters who drive past schools and children who walk or ride their bicycles to school, according to Garcia.

Each day of the enforcement week San Jose police and other agencies will saturate school zones to enforce traffic laws, Garcia said. Some of the hazardous violations that authorities will focus on are: failing to stop when a school bus displays a flashing stop sign, speeding, not yielding to pedestrians, jaywalking, bicyclists not wearing safety helmets as well as child restraint and seatbelt violations.

All other laws of the road will be strictly enforced as well, according to Garcia.

Residents with questions about the enforcement should contact Sgt. Paul Woo of the San Jose Police Department at (408) 277-4341.


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