Crime Log: City raises concerns about driver and pedestrian safety near schools

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Courtesy of the Seal Beach Police Department

Seal Beach officials are asking drivers and pedestrians in school zones and at intersections throughout the city to do their part to further ensure the safety of drivers and pedestrians in Seal Beach.

The following are safety tips you can follow to be a responsible driver and pedestrian:

Driver safety near school zones

Set a good example by always buckling up and ensuring your passengers do the same, never using your cell phone while driving, and obeying all traffic laws and speed limits.

Lower your speed and remain alert for pedestrians—25 mph is the maximum speed in and around school zones when children are present.

Watch for and yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and at all intersections – they have the right-of-way at these locations.

If a vehicle stops in front of you, slow down and stop. Do not try to go around—it may have stopped for pedestrians.

Never pass a school bus while it is stopped with flashing lights and/or stop sign extended—children are either entering or exiting. Failure to yield is a moving violation and subject to citation.

Know and follow the specific drop-off and pick-up procedures established by your student’s school.

Pedestrian safety

Cross the street only at signalized or marked crosswalks, and always STOP, LOOK, and LISTEN…stop and then look left, right, and then left again, to check for traffic in all directions before stepping off the curb. Keep looking for cars as you cross the street.

Always make eye contact with drivers to make sure they can see you before crossing in front of them.

Eliminate opportunities for distraction such as the use of cell phone, hand-held games, or music devices.

Watch for cars backing out of parking spaces, or entering or exiting driveways – and, never dart out in front of a parked car.

As an added safety measure for both pedestrians and drivers, the Seal Beach Police Department will conduct enhanced patrols at school zones and key city intersections to enforce traffic laws, including speeding, cell phone use, illegal parking, school bus passing, jaywalking, and non-seatbelt use.

For more information on driver and pedestrian safety, visit the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration at https://www.nhtsa.gov/road-safety/pedestrian-safety.

Crime Log Compiled by Charles M. Kelly

IN SEAL?BEACH

No log this week

In response to requests from the Sun, Seal Beach Police are working on bringing the community a more timely Crime Log to the community. Consequently, there is no Crime Log this week.a

IN LOS?ALAMITOS

Friday, November 2

Traffic Hazard—12:39 p.m.—Los Alamitos and Florista—A male individual on a bike with luggage was reportedly weaving in and out of traffic and creating a disturbance with passing vehicles. He checked out OK.

Disturbance–7:43 p.m.—Reagan Street—The caller reported an argument between a juvenile and the minor’s mother. The juvenile was supposed to be staying at the location and did not want to. Police counseled the juvenile, who was acting out due to the absence of the juvenile’s father for the past five years. The juvenile apologized to the mother and would complete the program.

Saturday, November 3

Counseling—5:08 p.m.—Katella Avenue (Los Alamitos Police Department headquarters)—The reporting party said that his Social Security number was used to apply for credit. He was instructed by the credit bureaus to obtain a report number from the police. Since a specific person could not be associated with the action, and anyone could have used the address, a log number was provided to give to the credit bureaus.

Monday, November 5

Welfare Check—2:43 p.m.—Katella Avenue—An individual reportedly came in for help, then said that she was leaving to go home to kill her family. Police located the individual and determined that she was intoxicated and not mentally disturbed. She was returned home without incident and checked OK.

Disturbance, Family–3:45 p.m.—Chestnut Street—The reporting party arrived home to find their 43-year-old son sleeping in the garage. The reporting party said that their subject was not supposed to be there. Police made contact and arrested a man for trespassing and additional charges of possession of drug paraphernalia and resisting arrest. One responding officer went to the hospital to be treated for a cut received from a razor blade in the man’s pocket.

Wednesday, November 7

Suspicious Person or Circumstances—12:14 a.m.—Tripoli Avenue—The caller thought that someone was inside her car, and she reportedly heard her car horn honk. The caller was not willing to look outside. The caller advised that her vehicles were burglarized about two weeks prior. The caller was 92 years old and was home alone. Both vehicles checked OK.

David N. Young of the News-Enterprise contributed to this article.

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