Police and parents help ensure student safety on first day of term
About 3,500 police officers and assistants ensured student safety around Shanghai during the first day of school this semester.
Police and assistants were especially focused on 373 schools and kindergartens which are located on very busy streets, Shanghai traffic police said.
Besides helping children cross the street and streamlining traffic on surrounding streets, police also stepped up the punishment of common traffic offenses like speeding, illegal parking and running red lights.
In the next few weeks, the traffic police will set up road blocks to give safety inspections of school buses in the mornings and afternoons.
Police said they will look out for offenses such as taking more passengers than allowed, speeding, taking a route different from the approved one, and drivers or passengers not wearing seatbelts. They will also crack down on vehicles with no license to transport pupils or kindergarten children.