On September 3rd, children in the City of La Quinta and surrounding areas will return to school.
With the beginning of the school year in the city of La Quinta, the Police Department has already received numerous requests for school zone enforcement around our schools. In response to requests by the community’s citizens, and parents of students attending the schools regarding speeding, jay-walking, parking and other hazardous driving violations, officers from the City of La Quinta Police Department will be conducting high visibility traffic enforcement details throughout the school year.
During these operations, officers will focus their enforcement effort in the area of La Quinta High School and the middle school areas. The goal of this operation hopes to make motorists more aware of the rules of the road and to promote safe driving around our schools. Assistant Police Chief, Lieutenant David Walton commented, “Given the dangers posed by vehicles where pedestrian traffic is very high, it’s important our officers remain highly active in their enforcement of any traffic violations which place the safety of motorists and students in jeapordy.”
The La Quinta Traffic Team would like to remind you to be especially cautious in and around our neighboring schools and as part of our effort to educate the public, motorists are reminded:
- The speed limit in a school zones with children present is 25 miles per hour.
- Pedestrians must use the designated crosswalks when crossing the street and bicyclists must obey the rules of the road which include; using designated bicycle lanes, traveling the same direction as traffic, and obeying all posted stop signs and signals. In addition, all bicyclists under the age of 18 must wear an approved bicycle helmet.
- Motorists must obey the direction of school crossing guards.
- Motorists are required to stop for flashing red lights on school buses unless traveling the opposite direction on a divided or multilane highway.
Parents and students are encouraged to allow extra time dropping off or picking up students. The increase in traffic and those persons unfamiliar with pick up and drop off procedures are likely to cause delays and traffic congestion.
This program is scheduled to run throughout the year on various roadways around the schools within the city of La Quinta. For additional information the La Quinta Police Department Traffic Division may be reached at (760) 863-8990.
The Desert Sands Unified School District (DSUSD) is a public school district with main offices located in La Quinta, California. The district was founded in 1964 after the California department of education consolidated all of Indio public schools at the time. DSUSD serves the following communities:
- Indio (The part of the city south of Avenue 48 belongs to Coachella Valley Unified School District).
- La Quinta (The part of the city east of Jefferson Street belongs to CVUSD).
- Palm Desert (The part of the city north of Frank Sinatra Drive belongs to Palm Springs Unified School District).
- Indian Wells (has only one school in city limits).
- Bermuda Dunes (unincorporated, but its zip code has the majority of students’ residence).
- Rancho Mirage (The part of the city west of Bob Hope Drive belongs to PSUSD).
The DSUSD administration office based in a former elementary school (1926-1955), was moved from Indio to La Quinta in 1996.
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