Statement of Purpose
It is more evident
now than at any other time in the history of Calabasas’ Public Education
that traffic conditions within school zones, both prior to and at
dismissal of school, are a potential threat to the well-being of the
students of our city.
We have two choices
as a community. One choice is to accept such conditions as going
hand-in-hand with our changing social and economic climates. The second,
obviously preferable, choice is to make every attempt possible to
improve unsafe traffic conditions.
This information is the result of our
commitment to improve driving habits and/or decrease traffic congestion
around the schools. Success in achieving our goals, however, will be
determined by how effectively and cooperatively we work together.
We are asking you to join with the
City, Police, Schools and members of the School Area Safety Traffic
Committee (SATS) in making a commitment to protect all of our children
as they enter and leave school. Please review the recommended traffic
pattern of your school and follow it when driving your child to school.
It is our hope that you will help your children develop good pedestrian
habits so that they may arrive and depart school safely.
Review YOUR school's traffic plan
and use it.
The White Zone:
- The White Zone is
designated by signs or by a white curb or by a combination of both.
- There is NO
PARKING in the White Zone – Drop off and Pick up Only.
- You may drop-off
your child in the white zone.
- Please pull
forward as far as possible to allow other parents to drop off at the
- You may not park
in the White Zone and walk your child in. You can not stay and watch
your child walk into the school.
- Your child should
always exit the car on the sidewalk side. Do not let your child out in
the middle of the street. You need to pull over to the curb.
- Pick a time after
school dismissal to meet your child at the White Zone.
Walk and Ride
children an opportunity to:
reduces: Tension, stress, anxiety and pollution
- Good judgment &
good decision making skills
Start a walking
- With other
children in the neighborhood
- With other
families and take turns supervising
- Between a child
and a senior citizen living nearby
Start a combination
Park and Walk
- Before school,
park within a block or two of the school and let children walk the
- After school,
arrange to meet your child in a pre-arranged location at least one
block from the school
If driving is the only option:
Carpool as much as
possible, sign up with your school and look up other carpoolers at
Avoid arriving at
the school during the peak drop-off and pick-up times
Parents - Don’t be guilty of one of the
Top Ten School Area Traffic
- School Bus Stops
are areas of the roadway set aside for the parking of buses only.
Unauthorized motor vehicles stopped or parked in bus stops can be
issued a ticket.
- Crosswalks are
those portions of a roadway clearly marked for pedestrian crossing.
Stopping or parking in a crosswalk can result in a fine. Driving into
a pedestrian crossing when a pedestrian is present can result in a
- Double parking is
defined as stopping or parking on the roadway side of any vehicle
stopped or parked at the edge of a curb or a sidewalk. Double parking
can result in a fine.
- Parking within 20
feet of an intersection or within 5 feet of a driveway is illegal and
a ticket can be issued.
- A ticket can be
given to any unauthorized vehicle stopped or parked at either a
handicap curb cut or in a handicap parking space, while parking at a
fire hydrant can result in a fine.
- U-turns slow up
traffic and increase the possibility of an accident occurring. Motor
vehicle operators who make illegal U-turns can be given a ticket.
U-turns should not be made in school zones.
- Failing to stop
when approaching a school bus with a school bus sign that is
displaying a flashing red signal can result in a $500.00 fine.
- Failing to stop a
motor vehicle at the request of a Traffic Supervisor or Police Officer
can result in a ticket.
- Seatbelts or other
passenger safety restraints are required by law. A fine can be imposed
for each occupant of a motor vehicle not in compliance with the law.
- Parking a motor
vehicle in restricted areas as "No parking," "School Pick-up/Drop-off
Zones," or limited time zones can also lead to a fine.
Reminder: These laws have been
written to ensure the well-being of all people and will be enforced
throughout our city.