"Parking and traffic officers will be providing enforcement at Culver City schools and issuing citations for state and municipal code violations," Culver City police Lt. Jason Sims said in an emailed announcement. "We are dedicated in our efforts to raise the awareness of child safety and improve the traffic flow around Culver City schools."
Among other traffic laws, the police department is highlighting four specific areas:
- Red Curbs | Fine: $80-120: "Vehicles are not permitted to use red curbs at any time, including for the use of loading and unloading passengers. All observed violations may be cited, including the obstruction of fire hydrants."
- Double Parking | Fine: $60 Minimum: "Drivers are not permitted to stop or park in a traffic lane at any time, especially for the purpose of loading or unloading passengers. This practice creates not only a traffic hazard by creating a vehicular backup, but also jeopardizes the safety of children who may run into the middle of the street. All vehicles that are observed using the traffic lane as a loading/unloading zone may be cite."
- Intersections & Crosswalks | Fine: $200 Minimum: "Drivers are not permitted to stop/park within an intersection or over a crosswalk to load or unload passengers. This practice creates a hazard as other vehicles attempt to go around and/or obstructs pedestrians from properly crossing the street.
- Passenger Loading Zone | Fine: $50: "All vehicles in this area must be actively loading or unloading passengers. Drivers will not be permitted to stop/park in this zone to wait for children. Any unattended vehicle may be cited immediately. If a driver needs to leave the vehicle, it is highly recommended that they park legally on an adjacent street and walk to the school."
"By properly following these rules, drivers should have little difficulty when dropping off and picking up students within the school district," Sims said.