It’s back-to-school time. Come Thursday, Sept. 4, children in the Olympic Village will once again be walking to school, and yellow school buses with those red flashing lights will return to the roads.
Now is a good time to remind drivers to be extra careful driving when school begins. There’ll be more children walking to school and drivers should be mindful — it’s better to be a few minutes late than to have a tragedy.
Also, remember to exercise caution around schools and school buses. Slow down when passing schools and stop when a school bus has its red lights flashing. There are lower speed limits posted at school areas, and drivers must abide by them.
Village police will be patrolling school zones for the start of school using radar to monitor speeds. The fines for speeding in a school zone are as follows: 10 mph and lower over the limit, $90 to $300; between 11 and 30 mph over the limit, $180 to $600; and more than 30 mph over the limit, $360 to $1,200.
It goes up for second and third offenses, and there’s a $55 court surcharge on top of each fine. So be aware.
But beside the legal penalty involved, the safety of our youth is of primary importance. When you are traveling to work in the morning, be patient when driving behind a school bus. Remember that those flashing red lights mean you must stop. And be on the look out for a child who may not see your vehicle as they run to the bus.
Back-to-school time is time to slow down and drive safely — not just in a school zone, but on all streets. Our kids are depending on you. It could be a matter of life or death.