Los Altos Police Chief Tuck Younis is reminding motorists to exercise additional cautionary measures after police last week responded to a pair of injury accidents involving minors.
With schools back in session, Younis said drivers need to remain patient, plan for additional time to travel between stops and be particularly observant of speed limits in school zones. He also urged parents dropping off students at schools to use designated drop-off areas at all times as a safety precaution.
“We’re seeing more children and families traveling to and from schools, so this is a time when we really need to pay attention on the roadways,” Younis said.
Younis issued his comments after two Aug. 28 accidents resulting in injuries to local teens.
According to police, a motorist struck a 14-year-old girl as she attempted to cross San Antonio Road using the designated crosswalk. The accident occurred just before 4 p.m. when the motorist navigated onto San Antonio Road near Mount Hamilton Avenue. Police reported that the girl was later taken to El Camino Hospital by her mother and suffered a broken right arm.
The incident came just hours after a bicyclist-vehicle accident involving another minor. Police said a motorist attempting to make a left turn onto North Avalon Drive struck a 15-year-old male bicyclist traveling in the bike lane along Almond Avenue just before 9 a.m. The bicyclist, who was traveling to Los Altos High School at the time of the accident, suffered a laceration on his right leg.
“We want to encourage kids to walk and bike to school,” Younis noted. “Drivers need to be aware of their presence.”
– Diego Abeloos