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Back-to-School Safety Reminder

Post Date:08/07/2018

Wednesday, 8/15 is the first day of classes for U-46 and many other area students. Drivers are reminded to obey school speed zone signs, refrain from using their cell phones and pay extra attention to students walking to and from school. Also be aware that congestion near schools increases during this time of the year, so allow a bit longer for your daily commute.

If you're driving behind a school bus, allow a greater following distance than you would when driving behind a car. It will give you more time to stop once the yellow lights start flashing. It is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic traveling in both directions must stop. Be alert; children often are unpredictable, so it is up to drivers to be extra vigilant.

Students who walk to and from school are encouraged to always look both ways before crossing the street, obey the school crossing guards and watch for turning vehicles. Be especially alert during inclement weather, and walk with a parent, sibling, friend or a neighbor.

During the first week of school, Bartlett Police Department will be conducting extra patrols near the elementary schools and surrounding neighborhoods and also will be expanding traffic enforcement activities in the school speed zones.