Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Schools Open, Drivers Cautioned by Police

Sallisaw police remind drivers that school starts Thursday and drivers should be mindful of school bus starts and stops for students.

Students will be returning to school and the school buses will be running routes, the police department reminds drivers.

“Drivers need to pay close attention in and around the schools for kids walking to school and school zone speed limits. The Sallisaw Police Department will be enforcing traffic around the schools and in the areas approaching the schools,” department personnel stated.

“Please drive with care and be cautious, children aren’t thinking about the traffic. They have school and friends on their minds.”

Police recommend that, if driving behind a school bus, allow a greater following distance. It will give the driver 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. Never pass a bus from behind or from either direction on an undivided road, if it is stopped to load or unload children.
If the yellow or red lights are flashing and the stop arm is extended, traffic must stop.

The area 10 feet around a school bus is the most dangerous for children. Stop far enough back to allow them room to safely enter and exit the bus.

Be alert. Children often are unpredictable, and they tend to ignore hazards and take risks.

Sally Maxwell, Senior News Director

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