A California Highway Patrol task force operation took place at several southwest Riverside County schools Wednesday in an effort to ensure safety as students headed back to class after summer break.
Officers from CHP's Temecula Area office were visible at campuses in Murrieta, Temecula, French Valley, Lakeland Village and Perris in an effort “to remind parents and motorists in general to use caution when dropping off and picking up students,” stated CHP Temecula Area Officer Nathan Baer, in a news release.
Temecula and French Valley schools that were patrolled included Temecula Charter School, French Valley Elementary School, Susan La Vorgna Elementary School, Saint Jeanne de Lestonnac School, Nicolas Valley Elementary School, Tony Tobin Elementary School, Alamos Elementary School and Bella Vista Middle School.
CHP officers were a proactive presence at Lisa J. Mails Elementary School and Dorothy McElhinney Middle School in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District.
The task force also had patrols at Lakeland Village Elementary School in the Lake Elsinore Unified School District and Heritage High School in the Perris Union High School District.
“The CHP encourages motorists and occupants to buckle-up, drop-off and pick-up students only in designated zones, watch for pedestrians, and to reduce their speed while traveling through school zones,” Baer stated.