Safe Routes to School -
Enforcement Strategies


Identify Unsafe Behaviors

  • Observe student arrival and departure from school.
  • Measure vehicle speeds.
  • Examine recent crash reports near the school.
  • Observe unsafe or illegal crossings by walkers and bicyclists traveling to/from school.
  • Observe vehicles running red lights or stop signs.
  • Have bus drivers record vehicles passing stopped school buses.
  • Survey vehicles parking or stopping in crosswalks, on sidewalks, or in bus zones.
  • Monitor violations of drop off and pick up procedures at school.
  • Observe vehicle, pedestrian, and bicyclists activities at traffic signals and during street crossings, including failures to yield.
  • Observe where pedestrians walk and bicyclists ride in relationship to traffic flow.
  • Observe whether bicyclists turn without looking and signaling.
  • Observe whether bicycles and pedestrians ride out from driveways or between parked vehicles.
  • Monitor helmet use.

Utilize Enforcement Officer

  • Teach safety issues to children, school officials, parents and the community.
  • Evaluate local traffic concerns, observe problem areas and behaviors, and provide input about safe routes.
  • Provide an enforcement presence that discourages dangerous behaviors on and off the school campus. This may mean issuing warnings to drivers breaking traffic laws. Drivers who have made a minor error will often respond to a warning from an officer by being more careful. Drivers who continue to violate traffic laws need to be ticketed.
  • Monitor crossing guards and make sure they are acting safely in the street and are not taking chances or over-stepping their duties as guards.
  • Monitor students to ensure that they cross at safe locations and do not take unnecessary risks.

Promote Community Enforcement

  • Safety patrols.
  • Adult school crossing guards.
  • Neighborhood speed watch programs.

Law Enforcement Methods

  • Use parents and the community.
  • Use public awareness and education.
  • Provide officer training.
  • Speed trailers.
  • Active speed monitors.
  • Traffic complaint hotlines.
  • Photo enforcement.
  • "Pedestrian Decoyā€¯ operations.
  • Progressive ticketing: educating, warning, ticketing.
  • Speed enforcement in school zones.

Use the Media and the Community

  • Hold a press conference to talk about pedestrian safety and ask or tell the public about a request for additional enforcement.
  • Provide the press with packets of information about walking and safety statistics, and information about the need to improve the health of students. \Have informed parents, students and educators be available to talk to the media. Hearing a child explain how difficult it is to cross a street will have a bigger impact than reading a statistic.
  • Send home fliers with students.
  • Publish an article in the local newspaper.
  • Send an e-mail to all parents.
  • Put up speed reader boards so drivers see for themselves what their speeds are compared to safe speeds in school zones.
  • Post information signs near where the enforcement effort will occur.