SAFE SCHOOL TRAFFIC
12, 2008 byCpl Edward Koczan
Because our children are so important
to us, the City of South Bend and the South Bend Police Department is continuing
a program to address the concerns of school traffic safety as the 2008-09 school
Officers will be out in force during rush hours beginning
the week of August 13th, 2008. Police will be targeting individuals who commit
traffic violations in the areas of our local schools.
will begin with enforcement of speed and "No Turn on Red" violations; continue
to address the improper passing of stopped school busses, and end with monitoring
our children's safe crossing of streets and crosswalks. There will be a particular
day next week in which we will be able to accommodate media ride-alongs or other
coverage of the Safe School Program.
Parents, children and morning commuters
are urged to allow extra time for morning travel and keep safety a number one
concern. Your police are committed to getting the school year off on a positive
note by correcting any safety violations around our schools and making sure that
everyone arrives to work and school safely.
Some particular areas of concern
Speeding on streets and parking lots near schools
Violating "No Turn On Red" zones, especially in the presence of school children
accelerating through yellow traffic signals
Disregarding the directions of Crossing Guards
Disregarding the rights of pedestrians in designated cross-walks
stopping completely at stop signs
Violations of Indiana's seat-belt and child-restraint laws
Dangerously entering or exiting school parking or drop-off areas
Illegally passing school busses that display flashing red lights and the extended
allowing children to exit motor vehicles in traffic, or not crossing at cross
Not driving defensively in the presence of children walking to school.
We want to start the year practicing good, safe pedestrian and driving practices.
We will be out to correct any unsafe actions we see around our schools and students.
Please help us avoid a tragedy.
safe in school zones.