LEWISTON – Summer has come to an end and it’s time for our children to head back to school. The Lewiston Police Department wants to remind drivers to please slow down and obey the speed limit in the school zones.
The speed limit in a school zone is 20 M.P.H anytime the yellow lights are flashing; and in certain school zones, it is 20 M.P.H. Monday through Friday between 7:00 am and 4:00 pm as designated by the school zone sign. The Lewiston Police Department also wants to remind drivers to stop for pedestrians in a crosswalk, obey the direction of the crossing guards, and be extra aware of our students walking to and from school.
The Lewiston Police Department will be providing extra patrols in and around our schools encouraging drivers to slow down and obey the law. Speeding in a school zone carries a fine of $156.50.
They also want to remind drivers that passing a school bus that is loading or unloading children is a misdemeanor offense. Drivers approaching a school bus that is stopped with lights flashing and the stop arm extended must come to a complete stop before reaching the school bus, and shall not proceed past the school bus until the bus resumes motion or the visual signals are no longer actuated.
Let’s make this a safe and enjoyable beginning to the 2022 school year. And as always, please remember to wear your seatbelt