Fort Riley, Kansas



School zone safety a top priority for post police

By Maria Childs | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | August 12, 2015

The school supplies are bought and packed in the kids backpacks. The children are preparing to head back to school. On post, the first day of school is August 17.

And safety is a priority for the Fort Riley community.

Lt. Paul Davis, traffic supervisor for the Fort Riley Police Department, said it is important to slow down when drivers approach a school zone because it keeps the kids in the community safe. That is the main goal of the police during this time.

“It’s very important to pay attention to the road and the road signs,” Davis said.

According to Kansas Statute 8-1533, the driver is responsible for yielding to the pedestrians in crosswalks.

The week before school, members of the community may have noticed the police department enforcing the school zones. This was done to bring awareness to school starting up soon, according to Davis.

The Directorate of Public Works also re-painted the crosswalks on post to ensure they are clearly marked for pedestrians.

Davis said children walk to school for a variety of reasons the primary one being the close proximity between their home and school. It is important that the community becomes re-oriented to this before school starts so it goes smoothly.

“Kids are going to be out there walking,” Davis said.

Davis said school zones are marked with times or lights. The speed limit in school zones is 20 mph and the police plan to be monitoring school zones during the first couple of weeks of school.

Davis said he wanted the community to know passing a school bus is not authorized when its stop signs are displayed, and all lanes of traffic must stop. Crossing guards will be working diligently to help the community stay safe, but drivers must remain vigilant when on the move.

“Children will be excited about school and will pay little attention to the possible hazards that vehicular traffic will bring to the areas around our schools,” Davis said.

The police department is asking that all motorist obey traffic laws within the school zones, exercise patience and be on the lookout for an unexpected pedestrian to cross into your lane of travel without notice.

“At the end of the day, we want all children to return safely to their homes without incident,” Davis said. 

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