Friday, August 31, 2012

Back-to-school Traffic Safety Reminders

Richmond Police will have heightened traffic enforcement in all school zones as students begin the new school year Tuesday, Sept. 4. The targeted enforcement will continue through Friday, Sept. 7.

Motorists are reminded that the speed limit in school zones is 25 miles per hour.

Richmond Police offers the following pedestrian, bicyclist and motorist safety reminders:

• Pedestrians should always utilize sidewalks.

• Pedestrians should only cross the street at intersections, and be sure to look both ways before crossing the street, even on one-way streets.

• Young children should be supervised by an adult or older child walking to and from school.

• Always wear a bicycle helmet.

• Ride on the right side of the roadway with the flow of other vehicle traffic.

• Use appropriate hand signals and observe and follow traffic signals and stop signs.

• Distracted driving is unsafe driving. Please do not text or talk on your cell phone while driving.

• All drivers and passengers should wear a seat belt or be placed in an age- and size-appropriate car safety seat or booster seat.

• Please obey all traffic laws and speed limits.

• Watch for school buses with red flashing lights and an extended stop arm loading and unloading students. State law requires you to stop.