Please Slow Down, Our Kids Are Back In School

Now that many students are back in school after being on Zoom classes for the past year, the Goleta Police Department, in conjunction with the Office of Traffic Safety (OTS), reminds you to Please Slow Down. 

We hope to raise awareness about the dangers of speeding, which has been a top traffic safety issue throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. 

“It’s clear that there have been immediate changes in driver behavior with more drivers speeding, some at excessive and extremely dangerous speeds,” OTS Director Barbara Rooney said. “This trend is alarming. We should be focused on protecting lives and the simple action of following speed limits helps keep ourselves and others safe.” 

Goleta Union School District has six schools (Brandon, Ellwood, Kellogg, La Patera, Goleta Valley Jr High and Dos Pueblos High School) within the Goleta City limits. Not only are our kids walking to school, but they are riding their bicycles, scooters and skateboards. It’s imperative, that we slow down and watch for their safety.

The Goleta City Police Department will have traffic deputies working the areas of schools and neighborhoods on a rotating basis. Sgt. Noel Rivas says, “We’d love to meet you, but not during an enforcement stop. We ask you to drive responsibly.”

The City of Goleta contracts with the Santa Barbara Sheriff’s Office for law enforcement services.