The Longview Police Department wants to remind Longview area motorists that the beginning of the school year is fast approaching. Drivers are reminded to be extra vigilant about safety while operating their vehicles on the roadways in areas where there may be school children. Tips include:
School zones will be closely monitored by patrol and traffic units. Not all school zones have signs with flashing lights.
Watch for children at crosswalks and other areas near schools where they may be attempting to cross the street.
When school buses are stopped for loading or unloading and their red flashing lights are activated, it is illegal to pass a bus. According to the National Safety Council the most dangerous area around a school bus is about 10 feet from the bus. Stop far enough back to allow children to safely enter and exit the bus.
It is unlawful to use a cellular device while in a school zone unless a hands free device is being utilized.
Traffic will increase throughout the City on a daily basis due to parents dropping off and picking their children up at area schools.
Be aware of children riding their bikes to school. Children are unpredictable and you don’t want to be following children on bikes too closely.
Police will be conducting increased traffic enforcement throughout the City – not just in school zones – utilizing off-duty police officers working under the STEP traffic enforcement grant.
The safety of our children is a top priority for the Longview Police Department. Please do your part too by helping us to keep our children safe by keeping them in mind as you drive today.