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News

Safe routes to school are everyone’s business

County, School District, Sheriff’s Office work together to encourage school zone safety

Posted on August 6, 2021 2021Public Safety

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It’s that time of year again. Students are returning to school in Douglas County starting August 9, and whether they walk, bike, skate, or drive to school, it takes everyone, including those driving in the vicinity of schools, to ensure they arrive safely.

The Douglas County School District encourages that students walk, bike or bus to school whenever possible, causing less congestion with vehicles, and lessening the chances for accidents in and around school zones.

To promote safety in school zones, Douglas County Government’s traffic engineers have worked closely with the School District and the Sheriff’s Office to ensure that students have safe routes to school and that those preferred routes are marked.

Douglas County is working to make these busy areas as safe as possible for our students and School Zone safety is a shared responsibility.

It is important that pedestrians of all ages pay attention for cars while traveling to and from school, and that those dropping children off at school, and those traveling through school zones, use extreme caution, drive slowly and keep an eye out for children.

Students who walk, bike or skate to school are asked to follow these simple steps:

  • Choose a safe route to walk to school with less traffic and intersections, avoid crossing busy or high-speed streets and limit the number of streets crossed.
  • Look for traffic at every driveway and intersection. Be aware of drivers in parked cars that may be getting ready to move.
  • Obey all traffic signs and signals and wait to walk across the street until no traffic is coming. Listen to crossing guards if present, and walk, don’t run, bike or skate, across the street.

For more tips, including those for drivers, such as to refrain from double-parking, not pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians, or not drop children off across the street from the school, visit douglas.co.us and search: School Zones.

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