By Andrea Booher, via Wikimedia Commons
COLLINSVILLE — Illinois State Police District 11 Commander Capt. Joe Kollins reminds motorists that schools will soon begin the new school year, bringing an increase in pedestrian and vehicular traffic.
Motorists need to be watchful for children walking and riding their bikes to school and children darting out from between parked cars. Motorists also need to be on the lookout for slowing and stopped school buses. As parents drop off their children before school and pick them up after school, there will be an increase in traffic during the morning and evening commute. Extra travel time should be planned to allow for the increase in traffic.
Motorists are reminded to watch their speed in school zones and limit their distractions. The speed limit in school zones is 20 mph and is in effect from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. when children are present. Motorists should refrain from talking on cellphones in a school zone and are reminded that it is illegal to text while driving.
Motorists approaching a stopped school bus with lights activated and sign extended must stop their vehicle before reaching the school bus. Failure to do so can result in a $150 fine and the suspension of a driver’s license for three months. Motorists also should remember that pedestrians have the right-of-way in a crosswalk.
“School arrival and dismissal times are when most traffic crashes tend to occur, due to everyone being in a hurry,” Kollins said. “Slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits, in school zones, and in neighborhoods surrounding schools. Motorists need to make sure they comply with all school drop-off-and pick-up procedures for the safety of all children accessing the school.”