School traffic safety issues have been brought to the forefront with recent accidents involving children and vehicles at school drop-off points. A few weeks ago, a child at Toll Middle School in Glendale was struck and killed in front of her classmates and teachers while in the crosswalk in front of her school. A few days later, a third grader careened into another car when he exited his vehicle into oncoming traffic at Palm Crest Elementary School in La Cañada. He escaped the incident with minor injuries. In both cases the drivers of the vehicles were parents that had, or were in the process, of dropping their children off.
Sgt. Mark Slater, traffic sergeant for Crescenta Valley Sheriff’s Station, said the issue of traffic safety is important on all area roads but especially around schools.
“A lot of the problems [we encounter] deal with parents opting for convenience over safety,” Slater said.