Traffic Safety

Castlebay Lane has a drop-off lane in front of the school for children grades 1-5. Kindergartners must be walked into school. There is no parking in front of the school during drop off and pick up periods. Please observe all posted signs to facilitate traffic flow and student safety.

Every year children are killed right in front of schools due to needless auto accidents.

PATH is happy to announce that our Traffic Volunteer Program will be continuing this school year. Class assignments will begin the last week in September. In an effort to ease the burden on the room moms to solicit volunteers and take on extra shifts, everyone in the class will receive a shift assignment and will be responsible for making schedule changes if needed.

Fatal Accidents

Every year children are killed right in front of schools due to needless auto accidents. Many of these fatalities have occurred here in the San Fernando Valley and could have been avoided if people had followed simple safety rules.

Traffic Rules

There are three simple rules we are asking EVERY PARENT at Castlebay Lane to follow in order to avoid needless and tragic accidents:

  1. Use the crosswalks. By jaywalking during high traffic time, you are jeopardizing your child’s life and yours. We experienced MANY near misses last year. Using the crosswalk adds 15 seconds to your day…but by NOT using them you could lose priceless time with your child FOREVER.
  2. Do not make U-turns in front of school. This also includes 3 point turns—which are considered U-turns. Additionally, as the signs indicate, this is illegal and you can be ticketed.
  3. Do not park in the carpool lane. The signs in front of the school are real and can result in a ticket or towing. We expect to see a greater police presence this year.
  4. Stop for pedestrians. Be on the alert for children and parents crossing the street.

Castlebay Lane has been commended by the neighborhood and the LAPD for our increased parent presence this year on the curbside. On behalf of the Administration and Safety Committee, our sincere gratitude for all the safety volunteers who have made this possible.

Eliminating jaywalking in front of the school has been a priority for the safety volunteers because of the danger of a fatality happening right in front of our school. It is obvious, however, that the traffic volunteers cannot accomplish this without the cooperation of the rest of the Castlebay parents!! WE ARE APPEALING TO YOU AS ADULTS TO JOIN FORCES WITH US IN THE EFFORT!!

Reasons to Use Crosswalks

As a parent at Castlebay Lane, I will use the crosswalks with my children because:

  • Large SUVS cannot see my children when they jaywalk between traffic.
  • At least one vehicle a day drives past the school at a speed too fast to stop for a jaywalker.
  • Using the crosswalks adds less than 25 seconds to your day—but by not using them you could lose precious years forever.
  • The American Pediatric Society states that children and adults could benefit from more daily exercise.
  • By following the safety guidelines that the school administrators have set, you are teaching your children both respect and good habits that will benefit them their entire lives!

Traffic Violations

The following traffic violations are dangerous and illegal. Periodically the police do come and write tickets. Keep you and your children safe, drive safely and use the crosswalks!

Diagram - Double Parking
Double Parking

Diagram - Parking in the Red Zone
Parking in the Red Zone

Diagram - U-turn/3-point TurnU-turn/3-point Turn