Drivers Asked to Pay Extra Attention with School Starting Tomorrow

Drivers Asked to Pay Extra Attention with School Starting Tomorrow

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ROCK SPRINGS — With school starting tomorrow for Sweetwater County School District No. 1, the Rock Springs Police Department wanted to remind residents to pay extra attention while driving near schools and around busses.

This year looks a bit different with school taking place Monday through Thursday with varying school hours, the closure of two schools, and limited transportation.

“This means more children will be walking and biking on the roads and parent drop-offs and pick-ups will be increased,” the press release states.

The RSPD would like to remind all drivers to eliminate distractions and follow these safety rules:

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  • Obey speed limits and traffic signs. School zones of 20 mph will be enforced between the hours of 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. unless otherwise posted.  It is important to pay attention to the speed limit changes and other traffic signs. Even though Overland Elementary (Foothill) and Westridge Elementary (Dewar/Sweetwater) have been closed the school zones will continue to be in effect for those areas.
  • Pay attention to school buses. Yellow flashing lights indicate the bus is preparing to stop. Red flashing lights and the extended “STOP” arm means traffic is required to stop until the lights stop flashing and the extended “STOP” arm is withdrawn. Never pass a bus from behind or from either direction if you’re on an undivided road and the bus is stopped to load or unload children. (See diagram.) Passing a school bus not only endangers children, but also carries a fine of $450.
  • Watch for crosswalks and crossing guards. Always stop for crossing guards holding up a stop sign and never pass a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians. Remember individuals in a crosswalk have the right away. With the closures of schools a few of our crossing guards have been placed at new locations which include: Reagan at Daytona, Cache Valley at Hemlock, and Walnut at Converse Court in addition to our standard locations in previous years.
  • Stay alert. Children are the least predictable pedestrians and the most difficult to see. Pay attention to the road! Anything that takes your mind off the safe operation of your vehicle can lead to an accident. 

These tips can help ensure that everyone reaches their destinations safely and can help drivers avoid fines and tickets. Let’s keep our children safe as they make their way to and from school.