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Schools Are Open, Watch for Children

Acting Police Chief James Salerno and the Board of Police Commissioners are offering  the following safety tips to help keep children safe now that school has reopened


The police will be adding extra patrols during the first weeks of school. Police officers will be assigned at various times and days to enforce targeted violations. The following are some of the violations:


• Speeding


• Passing red lights


• Disobeying traffic control devices such as stop signs, no U-turn and no turn on red signs


• Failing to yield to pedestrians


• Failing to observe speed limits in school zones


In addition, stop at stop signs: Do not roll through them in school zones or neighborhoods; always come to a complete stop. Children are quick and unpredictable - check sidewalks and crosswalks before proceeding.


Reduce your risks: Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of crashing. Avoid accidents by not using your cell phone to talk or text while driving.


Watch for bicycles. Children on bikes are often inexperienced. Slow down and allow at least three feet of passing distance between your vehicle and a bicyclist. If your child rides a bicycle, require that he or she wear a properly fitted bicycle helmet on every ride.