School begins Wednesday, Sept. 4. Here are five requests for motorists and parents:
1. Roads near schools will be congested during the morning and afternoon drop-off and pick-up hours. Watch for students walking or riding bikes along the street and crossing streets.
2. It is illegal to pass a school bus that has stopped to receive or discharge students. School bus drivers will use flashing yellow lights to alert motorists that they are about to stop. Red flashing lights and extended stop arm indicate that the bus has stopped and children are getting on or off. Motorists must stop their cars and wait until the red flashing lights are turned off, the stop arm is withdrawn, and the bus begins moving before they start driving again.
3. The speed limit is 20 mph in school zones when children are present.
4. Do not allow yourself to become distracted by using a cell phone or other device while driving. It can and does result in injury and death to motorists and pedestrians. That’s why it is illegal in this state.
5. Educate your children about walking and bicycle safety such as crossing within crosswalks, wearing bright clothing and the importance of bike riders wearing helmets and following the same rules of the road as motorists.
Improvements now under way along the northbound lane of NE 20th Avenue just three or four blocks north of Main Street means one-way traffic and delays until sometime the week of Sept. 9-13.
This is a main route to the Daybreak schools' campus. A temporary crosswalk is visible at bottom of photo.