August marks the hottest month Santa Clarita students return to schooland the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reminds residents to drive carefully during Back-to-School Safety Month.

“Please drive as if it were your child, grandchild, niece or nephew walking or biking to school,” Sergeant Robert Hill said. “Pick up and drop off times can be hectic, but it’s important to be patient and stay safe as the kids get to and from school.”

Drivers must stop behind school buses with a stop sign and flashing red lights so students can get on and off the bus safely.

Drivers must also remain stopped while red lights are on, and two-way drivers must stop on any two-lane road without a median or center turn lane.

The LA County Sheriff’s Department offers the following tips for staying safe around schools:

  • Slow down and obey the speed limit.
  • Follow school policies and procedures for dropping off and picking up students.
  • Stop for school buses. Watch out for children rushing to catch the bus or getting out.
  • If possible, avoid blocking the crosswalk while waiting to turn right.
  • For parents whose children walk or bike to school, teach them safe walking and driving behaviors, such as looking both ways before crossing the street, using sidewalks when available, and crossing at pedestrian crossings marked with stop signs or signals.

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