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Back To School Drive Time - How Was It For You Today?

School is back in session, which means parents are back to making the daily drive to local campuses. Patch heard of at least one collision and a few reports of short-tempered motorists trying to squeeze through school zones, but how was your First Day Dri

There was a lot of primping and brushing, tying and re-tying of carefully chosen Vans deck shoes, and surreptitious make-up application today as a large number of Lamorinda kids headed back to school.

However, some parents were less than excited to get back to the traffic morass created during drop-off and pick-up times at local schools, and a few tempers boiled over. Readers have already written in to sound off about traffic issues and reckless driving, and it's only the beginning of the year. 

Check out the video to see what traffic was like in Lafayette on the first day of school. 

Which school do you think has the worst traffic? Do you have any crazy school traffic stories? Let us know in the comments below. 

Ian Lipnicky (still a SportsFan) August 22, 2012 at 08:48 PM
Happy Valley Elementary has the worst traffic. Parents block the road from 2:20 to 2:45 every day. If you need to get through there, you are out of luck.
Estee August 22, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Stanley traffic is a nightmare. Complicated by the parents who are completely oblivious to their surroundings. By all means, stop, pop the trunk and talk with your child a bit and then have a leisurely stroll to retrieve a backpack. Really, it's ok, whenever your ready. The rest of us can wait.
TMoraga August 23, 2012 at 04:41 PM
The parents who think doing U turns on the main drag after dropping their kids off either need to get tickets or be reminded that their idea for a quick drop off needs reworking. Also it is OK if the kids walk a short distance people it won't hurt them.
ann August 23, 2012 at 07:14 PM
I do not understand why all there is so little use of the bus system. I grew up around here and always took a bus to school. When did that end? When contemplating my return to the area 3 yeas ago, I looked at WC, Alamo, Danville, but Lafayette was my choice because it was the only area that offered bus service. I work, and would have no way to get my child to school without the bus. Serious question: what do famlies with two working parents usually do to get kids to and from school?
Orinda mom August 23, 2012 at 07:15 PM
What works best for our family is getting everyone to bed early. Then leave 15 minutes early in the morning. Much smoother. Also remember, when school starts at 8:00, that means your child should be in his or her classroom then, not pulling into the school driveway. Lots of class time is wasted by late arrivals.
Orinda mom August 23, 2012 at 07:17 PM
Many of the schools here have before and after school care for families with two working parents. It's a real necessity for many families.
CJ August 23, 2012 at 07:29 PM
You mean there are moms in Lamorinda who work?? The horror! I really don't know how that could be worked around the tennis,running,shopping and lunch schedules they need to keep. You must be mistaken.
William Carman August 23, 2012 at 08:08 PM
I took the back roads no difference yet.
TMoraga August 23, 2012 at 08:42 PM
Today was a mess lots of parents trying to drop little Betty off at the front door right at the bell. My hope is that they get their morning process hammered out soon so everyone can get where they need to be on time with as little waiting and traffic nightmares as possible. The parents who drop at a corner and are able to continue on in the direction they need to go without U turns need to be handed a gold star at least some parents are bright enough to figure it out! LOL
moragatwentysomethin August 24, 2012 at 02:10 PM
Just take the back roads ^
DC / Lafayette August 24, 2012 at 04:28 PM
Getting to AHS can be a nightmare...probably same for Campo and Miramonte. If I leave 10 minutes earlier, I can sail through most of it to get to work (yes, many Lamo moms work and many that do not work a paid job, volunteer their butts off to raise money for schools). My daughter however, as the article states "primping and brushing..." probably takes her 15 minutes to go 3 miles.
ann August 24, 2012 at 05:01 PM
hi dc/lafayette. just a note: working moms volunteer their butts off too. ;.> or write checks.
michelle August 24, 2012 at 07:18 PM
The residents on our street have fought fiercely for well over a year now to have a no left turn sign put up on our street (off of Moraga Way). We finally got our sign last week. But little good it has done. As we walked to school the past three days, we were met by a steady stream of Miramonte students speeding UP hill to make a shortcut to get to school. Today, we witnessed a car on Moraga Way speeding, honking, and crossing the center line into oncoming traffic to make the turn onto our street at a very high speed. What has to happen to make people slow down? I am afraid that someone is going to have to get hurt before people in this town will be willing to slow down.
TMoraga August 24, 2012 at 10:26 PM
HS driver = zero ability to understand safe vehicle operation. Its a known fact.
moragatwentysomethin August 25, 2012 at 12:11 AM
Known fact.^

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