One Georgia Police Department is Cracking Down on Speeders in School Zones
The Dunwoody Police Department is targeting speeders in school zones as the school year officially begins. In the two weeks that school has been in session, police have written dozens of tickets to drivers who sped through school zones. Unfortunately, drivers continue to speed, despite a campaign to make drivers slow down. The slowdown in school zones was launched on August 10, the first day of school. Since that time, at least 50 tickets have been issued.
Dunwoody police officers state that despite the campaign, people are still speeding in school zones and are placing our children at risk. Officers report that some drivers have even been pulled over traveling more than twice the speed limit in school zones. Parents and young children walk on the sidewalks to school, just feet away from the roadway. Some have witnessed the dangers first hand and fully support law enforcement efforts to curb speeding in these areas. Officers state that they will continue to patrol school zones and issue citations for speeding as well as distracted drivers.
Driving Tips Around Schools—Keep Our Children Safe
Parents, caregivers and community members who drive in neighborhoods near school or on campus can play a vital role in enhancing safety by following a few safe driving practices, among others. During arrival and dismissal times, drivers can be in a hurry and distracted, which leads to unsafe conditions for anyone on the road.
When near a school zone, drivers should always:
- Slow down to obey the speed limit and observe all traffic laws. Watch closely for school zone signs and drop your speed as you approach.
- Keep a vigilant eye out for crossing students when traveling near a school zone. Young children may attempt to cross suddenly or veer into the street.
- Comply with school drop off and pick up procedures to ensure the safety of all students.
- Avoid stopping in crosswalks or double parking to let children out of the car as this can block visibility for other children and motorists.
- Avoid unloading children at locations across the street from the school as this unnecessarily requires them to cross potentially busy streets.
- Prepare to stop for any school bus when you see flashing yellow lights.
- Stop for a school bus with flashing red lights, regardless of the direction from which the driver is approaching. Do not proceed until the red lights stop flashing, the bus driver signals you or the bus begins moving again.
- Watch for children playing or gathering near bus stops.
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