Police offer safety tips as school starts
With local students set to return to class this week, the Los Altos Police Department is warning residents to prepare for increased pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular traffic on streets.
Police urge residents to follow these safety tips:
• Leave earlier than usual, as there will likely be delays along travel routes.
• Observe speed limits, especially in school zones.
• Look out for crossing guards around most elementary schools who will be stopping traffic so that children can safely cross the street.
• Drop off children in designated school drop-off areas.
For a list of tips, visit nsc.org/safety_home/SafetyObservances/Pages/BackToSchoolSafety.aspx.
To report unsafe driving, call 947-2770 or dial 911.
Aug. 15, 1:29 a.m., El Camino Real and Ortega Avenue: Police cited a 17-year-old male driver for a moving violation after he registered a blood-alcohol level greater than 0.01 during a traffic stop.
Aug. 16, 11:02 a.m., 1000 block of Estrellita Way: A resident reported that someone might be living in the bike-path area directly behind his home. The individual in question was gone when police arrived.
Aug. 17, 2 p.m., Austin and Morton avenues: A resident chased down and cornered a 48-year-male after the resident discovered the suspect prowling in his backyard. The resident held the suspect until police arrived. The suspect told officers on the scene that he entered the yard and hid after being chased by unknown individuals. He was booked into the Santa Clara County Main Jail on charges of prowling and violating his probation.
– Diego Abeloos