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By Robert Gehr

July 18, 2015 (El Cajon)--Two new solar powered pedestrian safety lights were recently installed near Johnson Elementary School and should create a safer walk zone for the many children who attend this Cajon Valley school on west Madison Ave. in El Cajon.

The area is very busy with vehicles every day, especially during drop off and pick-up times for the kids. The road is often congested with rush hour traffic as well.

Hopefully these new style warning signs will deter speeders and generally slow down drivers who seem to always be in a hurry to get somewhere.

Here are some safety tips to follow:

Slow down people! Young lives are at risk here.

Parents, please use, and therefore teach your precious children to follow your example in how to properly, legally and safely cross a road using a designated crosswalk in the proper manner.

Do not jaywalk! This is a very dangerous practice, and people can be severely injured or killed.

The California Department Of Motor Vehicles drivers handbook laws indicates that a pedestrian must cross at an appropriate designated place, and yield to oncoming traffic.

Think and look before attempting to cross at intersections, even the ones controlled by traffic lights. Make sure the driver sees you and allows you to have the right of way - before stepping off the curb.

Use common sense as well.

If you need to read about the laws and rules of the road, pick up a copy of the California DMV drivers handbook at the library or a DMV office of your choice.

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