With back to school right around the corner, the Torrance Police Department wants to remind drivers, pedestrians and bicyclists to be extra careful.

Now that school is back in session, many children will be walking or riding their bicycles to and from school. TPD would like to remind motorists to slow down. Observe the speed limit in school zones at all times and be aware of all stop signs, especially around schools. Drivers must come to a complete stop before proceeding with caution. Also remember to be alert for walking children when backing out of the driveway.

For extra safety, pedestrians should remember to always walk on the sidewalk and wear bright colored clothing to increase visibility. Cross only at corners or marked crosswalks and stop at the curb or the edge of the road. Walking in groups is safer as drivers are more likely to see a group of people. And before crossing the street, stop and look left then right then left again. Make eye contact with the driver to make sure they see you before proceeding. Look left, right and left again until traffic is clear and it’s safe to cross. For bicyclists, wear a helmet. Be sure you have reflectors on your bike, follow the rules of the road and remember Be Seen, Be Aware, Be Predictable.

Officers from the Torrance Police Department will be assigned to areas of traffic around schools to enforce traffic laws.