School starts again this week, so here are some reminders to keep everyone safe.
— Watch out for pedestrians. While this is something all drivers should practice on a daily basis, there is definitely an emphasis when we are guaranteed to have more children on foot to and from school. I would also encourage pedestrians – kids and adults alike – to use the crosswalks. Parents should discuss with their children the importance of using crosswalks.
— Be careful of the buses. Buses make frequent stops for pick up/drop off as well as when approaching train tracks. When the bus “stop sign” arm is extended, both lanes of traffic must come to a complete stop and remain stopped until the sign is moved. Watch out for children getting in and out of the bus.
— Watch your speed. School zones have a reduced speed limit. As noted in a previous column, East 27th Street from Broadway to Fifth Avenue has a permanently reduced speed of 20 mph. During school hours, patrol efforts will be increased. Fines for speeding in a school zone are doubled.
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So let’s take a look at what it could cost you for speeding in this zone: if you’re pulled over for driving 35 mph in the 20 mph zone, the fine is $75 plus a justice of $49. Since this is a school zone, the fine would be $150 plus $49 court costs, bringing the total to $199.
We all have places to be and it’s become a societal norm to constantly live in a rush, but it’s not worth it. To slow down. Are you used to being late? Leave the house five minutes early. I promise it will be worth it in the long run. In this situation, your best-case scenario is a $199 fine, but your worst-case scenario is much worse. Speeding or even distracted driving can cause an accident or, even worse, cost your life. Slow down and stay alert.
sergeant. Krisa Brass is with the Scottsbluff Police Department. She will answer questions submitted by readers each week. To submit a question for review, email [email protected]