5 p.m.: Most motorists were cautious on the first day of the new school year in Clovis Unified, though a handful of traffic citations were issued, police said.
A few tickets were written for speeding, failure to wear seat belts and failing to yield to children and crossing guards in crosswalks, Clovis police officer John Weaver said.
He urged drivers to be attentive throughout the school year and not become complacent.
Clovis police officers will continue to patrol in school areas to remind motorists that school is back in session and will issue citations, if necessary, Weaver said.
He also warned that driving while talking on cell phones continues to be a problem -- and is a leading cause of accidents.
Fresno Police could not be reached for comment.
Officials are reminding drivers and pedestrians that heavy traffic conditions persist this morning near area schools.
Fresno and Clovis unified districts are opening today as well as California State University, Fresno.
Clovis police warn that officers will be writing citations for bike helmet, child safety seat and stop sign violations. Officers are also on the lookout for drivers double parking and stopping in bus and red zones.