Salem schools are set to open on September 4 and once again officers at the Salem Police Department are encouraging drivers to increase their awareness of children, school zones and speed limits, or they likely will receive a ticket.
Children will be back at bus stops throughout Salem’s neighborhoods two weeks from today, and drivers in the city are being asked to slow down and use caution. Officers already are increasing their radar patrols in these neighborhoods and in school zones as the start of school approaches.
“The department once again has highway safety money to pay overtime, so more of our officers will be assigned to school zones during the opening weeks of school,” says Jeff Dudley, Salem Police Chief. “The safety of our children is paramount, and we think our efforts in past years have helped drivers be more aware of students waiting on the buses at street corners and those who may occasionally dart into the street.”
Dudley says motorists need to be particularly cautious along 4th street where many children cross the street heading to and from both G.W. Carver Elementary and Andrew Lewis Middle School.
Chief Dudley offers the following reminders for motorists:
- Slow down. Observe the speed limit in school zones at all times.
- Be especially careful when driving on neighborhood streets and around school zones.
- Always expect the unexpected.
- Be alert for children walking and biking as you back out of your driveway or leave your garage.
- Watch for children on bicycles, especially at intersections.
- Stop your car when you see lights flashing on a school bus. Red flashing lights indicate that the bus is stopped and students are getting on or off.
- Don’t start driving until the red lights stop flashing. Be aware that a child may dash across the street.
Submitted by Mike Stevens, City of Salem.