Back to School Safety
August 16, 2013
With Leon County Schools returning on August 19th, TPD's Traffic Enforcement Unit and District patrol officers will be patrolling the various school zones and taking enforcement action against those found violating traffic laws. We want to remind drivers the speed limit in all active school zones is 20 mph. Speeding fines in school zones are doubled in price and can cost up to $613.00.
School Crossing Guards will be posted to assist children crossing the road. Motorists should use extra care in obeying the directions of the crossing guards.
Due to many changes in school times, motorists need to be aware that children will be in bus stop areas very early and some before daylight. Motorists are reminded when a school bus has stopped and has displayed a stop signal, all vehicles must come to a complete stop and not pass the school bus. Officers will be monitoring specific past problem locations where motorists do not stop in the opposite direction. Some of these locations include Magnolia Dr., Capital Circle, and Apalachee Parkway (east of Capital Circle).
Parents who drive their children to school are reminded that everyone in the vehicle should be in a seat belt or a child safety seat. Children under the age of 12 should ride in the back seat. Parents should enter the school drop-off area before allowing their children to exit the vehicle. Children riding bicycles are required to wear bicycle helmets. Children should ride in the bike lane or on the sidewalk and should walk their bicycles when crossing the street.
Bus Safety - Teach your children to always walk on the sidewalk to the bus stop. If there is no sidewalk, walk on the left facing oncoming traffic. Arrive at the bus stop early. Do not run and play while waiting for the bus. Hold the handrail while going up and down the steps on the bus. Once seated, remain seated, speak quietly, do not throw things (inside the bus or out a window) and keep the aisles clear. Never play with the emergency exits. Also, keep your hands to yourself while on the bus. Fighting and picking on others creates a dangerous bus risk. Respect the "Danger Zone" around a bus. Always remain 10 steps away from the bus so the driver can see you before you enter and after you exit the bus.
David Northway, Public Information Officer, 891-4200