Fort Riley, Kansas



School zone safety

By Maria Childs | 1ST INF. DIV. POST | August 05, 2016

     Summer break is no longer in session as USD 475 begins to welcome the Fort Riley children back to school Aug. 15. The Fort Riley Police Department officers are determined to keep the school zones safe this year.

     “Safety is always the number-one priority,” said Lt. Paul Davis, traffic supervisor for the FRPD.

     Davis said it is important for drivers to slow down as they approach school zones because it keeps children safe if they walk to or from school.

     “Basically, we want everyone to understand school is going to be back in session and all those kids are going to be going to the same spot, so just pay attention,” Davis said.

     According to Kansas statute 8-1533, the driver is responsible for yielding to pedestrians in the crosswalk. Kansas statute 8-1492 also states failing to obey a crossing guard at a crosswalk can result in a fine and ticket. All fines double in an active school zone.

     All the school zones on post are marked with signs stating the active hours of the zone. The speed limit of all school zones on post is 20 mph. Some of the school zones have flashing lights in­dicating the zone is active. Regardless of the presence of lights, drivers must obey the speed limit while the school zone is active.

     Davis said this year; the school district planned the construc­tion of an overhead pedestrian bridge outside the Fort Riley Mid­dle School on 1st Division Road. The bridge is designed to in­crease the safety of students walking from the housing community across the street.

     Another construction project has the possibility of delaying school traffic on Rifle Range Road. The project is expected to be done before school; however, there is a plan in place if it is not. Drivers should follow the detour signs through the housing area to get to Seitz Elementary or Fort Riley Elementary.

     The police department is asking for compliance from drivers on the installation. Officers will be monitoring the school zones each day.

     “We’ll probably turn the lights on a couple days before to make sure they come on at the right time and as a reminder,” Davis said. “The lights will be on to give people the ability to adapt because it’s something new.”


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