Backpacks are full of supplies and it’s time for students to head back to school, so area drivers are reminded to watch school speed zones or face hefty citations.
Many area students have returned to classes for the Fall or will be in the coming days, so drivers are reminded to be cautious in school speed zones and crosswalks, as well as loading and unloading areas for school buses.?
Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth said deputies will especially be watching the rural school zones as speeding issues have been a concern.
Tecumseh Assistant Police Chief J.R. Kidney said drivers need to remember that students may not always look both ways as they get off a bus or cross the street.
“So we, as drivers, have to be watching,” Kidney said, adding that drivers need to help keep children safe.
Those driving through Tecumseh also are reminded that SH 9, which is Walnut Street, has a long stretch of school zones where many children cross the street.
Each year, Shawnee police typically kick off the school year by placing a speed trailer that captures and displays a driver’s speed in various schools zones. As officers work patrols, the unit also is rotated to remind drivers to slow down and watch for children.?
The speed limit in most Oklahoma school zones is 25 mph or less and it is unlawful to drive around a stopped bus. Speeding in school zones can net drivers hundreds of dollars in citations and failure to stop for a school bus also can result in drivers losing their license.
The Oklahoma Highway Safety Office offers the following tips for , students and drivers.
• Slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits; pay attention to school zones.?
• When a school bus is stopped and red flashers are on, drivers in both directions are required to stop before reaching the bus and remain stopped until the flashing lights are turned off.?
• Watch for children walking or bicycling in the street and for youngsters gathering near bus stops.?
• When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, look for children walking or biking to school.?
• Help your children learn and practice safety rules for walking, bicycling and riding in a car or bus.?
• Always buckle up in your car and make sure your children are secured in age- and size-appropriate car seats.?
• Always supervise young children walking or biking to school and as they wait at a bus stop.
• If you ride a school bus, know and practice the safety rules for waiting at the bus stop, getting on and off the bus and riding the bus.?
• If you walk to school, obey the safety rules for pedestrians. Always cross at crosswalks or corner-to-corner. Obey all traffic lights or crossing guard instructions.?
• If you ride a bike, always wear a bicycle helmet and obey all traffic rules.