IMPD offers Back-to-School reminders & tips
Monday, August 4th, is the first day of school for Indianapolis Public Schools- the state’s largest school district. Many of Marion County school districts headed back to school last week. “Back to school time” is an adjustment for everyone. Not only are students adjusting to a more structured schedule, but motorists are adjusting to increased pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular traffic. Although it’s always a good idea to drive carefully near schools, it is vital that motorists know and obey posted school zone speed limits when they are in effect so watch carefully for signs identifying school speed zones. IMPD would like to remind drivers that the speed limit in school zones is posted at 25 mph.
“As we welcome our young people back to school, we remind motorists to pay particular attention in and around school zones.” said Chief Rick Hite “Our officers along with school police will join forces to increase our presence and ensure the safety of our children. The goal is to foster a safe learning environment this school year!”
Please allow extra time to reach your destination as residents should expect increased traffic through the week during the morning and afternoon hours. Parents are also reminded, when dropping their children off at school, to avoid traveling more than 5 mph while in the parking lot and be very attentive to the possibility of wondering children or children exiting from a school bus or vehicles.
It is against the law to pass a stopped school bus with flashing red lights. Doing so is considered Reckless Driving and is subject to possible arrest or summons and a fine. IMPD strives to promote the safety and welfare of both children and adults. We ask for your help in making it a great start to the new school year for the thousands of children going back to school.
Bottom line, please use common sense when passing through a school zone — SLOW DOWN.
IMPD Safety Tips
Walking to and from school:
• Consider if your child is mature enough to walk to school
• Consider walking with your child the first week
• Make sure your child’s walk to school is a safe route and they cross whenever possible where a crossing guard is present
• Always walk on a sidewalk. If there is no sidewalk and you have to walk in the road, always walk FACING traffic
• Walk in groups
• Before crossing the street, stop and look left, then right, then left again
Biking to and from school:
• Always wear a helmet, no matter how short the ride
• Ride on the right side, the same direction as traffic
• Be seen – Be aware – Be predictable
• Respect traffic lights and stop signs
• Remember to always walk your bike across a crosswalk
Riding a School bus to and from school:
• Arrive at bus stop at least 5 minutes before bus is scheduled to arrive
• When bus approaches stay back until bus stops and driver opens doors
• NEVER walk behind the bus
• If you drop something near a bus tell the bus driver
• Use handrails when entering or exiting bus
• Always remain seated on a bus
Story Courtesy: Indianapolis Metro Police Department