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Law Enforcement Agencies Urge Safety First as Students Prepare to Return to School

LEWISTON – As summer ends and schools prepare to welcome students back, area police departments want to remind drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians to keep safety at the forefront when on the roadways.

  • Give yourself more time
  • Slow down and use caution
  • Observe speed limits in school zones
  • Never pass a vehicle or school bus that is stopped to load or unload children
  • If the yellow or red lights of a school bus are flashing and the stop arm is down, traffic must stop

While it is important to teach children to be cautious on the roadways, they can still be inexperienced and impulsive. As drivers, it is important to always watch out for:

  • People crossing roadways in non-crosswalk areas
  • Children running/playing near roadways
  • People entering the roadway from between vehicles parked along the roadway, especially children as they are shorter and harder to see
  • Crossing guards and their intent to cross pedestrians
  • Children walking to and from school

Increased patrols can be expected as school begins to enforce traffic laws. Area agencies also remind drivers that traffic fines are increased in school zones in both Idaho and Washington. In addition, failure to stop for a school bus that is loading or unloading children is a misdemeanor in Idaho and carries a fine of up to $500 in Washington.