BACK TO SCHOOL!
Summer is coming to a close and the 2018/2019 school year is upon us. When classes start this Tuesday, September 4th, several hundred kids will experience their very first day of school, many others will be starting their last, first day of school.
The start of the school year always means more traffic and congestion on city streets. The Auburn Hills Police Department would like to remind drivers to be mindful and extra cautious as more of our youth will be traveling on foot, on bicycles and in vehicles in the coming weeks.
Before classes start, parents should review the drop-off procedures for their child’s school and be aware of the school’s designated bus and loading/unloading areas. According to the National Safe Routes to School program, more children are hit by cars near schools than any other location. When you are in a school zone remember:
- No Texting/Talking and Driving! It is never a good idea, and always illegal to use a handheld electronic device while driving
- Plan and Be Patient! Plan to leave earlier than usual to accommodate the extra traffic and be patient with other parents and new drivers.
- Slow Down! Schools zones drop to 25 miles per hour
- No Double Parking! This blocks visibility for children and vehicles
- Drop Off/Pick Up Same Side as School! Don't load or unload children across the street from the school
- Carpool! It reduces the number of vehicles at the school
- Stop for School Buses! It is against the law to pass a school bus when the lights are on. STOP! For Red Flashing lights; SLOW DOWN and proceed with caution for Yellow Flashing Lights. Students may be crossing from the road to get to and from the bus.
- Yield to Pedestrians! Always stop for children or adults crossing the street and for school patrol officers or crossing guards holding a stop sign
Officers will be patrolling school zones and bus routes as the school year starts and throughout the school year.
Lt. Ryan Gagnon
Auburn Hills Police Department