Cleveland PD encouraging motorists to watch for children in school zones
The school year began today for Cleveland ISD and the Cleveland Police Department is encouraging motorists to be watchful of children walking on or near roadways.
“There are many streets in our neighborhoods that don’t have sidewalks, and people use the edge of the paved roadway to walk or ride their bicycles,” said CPD police chief Darrel Broussard.
Broussard said motorist and pedestrian traffic will increase with the beginning of school.
“We encourage citizens to get up a little earlier, so they don’t find themselves running late and having to rush,” he said.
He also recommended drivers take an extra moment, or two to look for children at intersections, or those who may be about to cross the roadway.
“Drivers are being warned to slow down, because our neighborhood streets will be a lot busier. Many students will be crossing the streets with both buses and parents dropping and picking up children,” the chief said.
Drivers should make sure there are no distractions inside their vehicles especially cell phones. Use of cell phones are prohibited in school zones where signs are posted.
“Officers will be working school zones and watching for speeders and cell phone violators for the protection of our children,” Broussard warned.
Motorists on the highway or public streets are asked to stop before reaching a school bus operating flashing warning lights when loading or unloading students. Traffic should stop when approaching from either direction. Motorists should not proceed until the bus resumes motion or the visual warning signal lights are no longer activated. Motorists who commit the offense of failure to stop or remain stopped for a school bus commits a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not less than $500, or no more than $1,250. A second conviction and the judge may order a person’s driver’s license suspended for at least six months (see Texas Transportation Code Sec. #545.066).
“Cleveland Police Department is asking that you heighten your awareness when traveling in school zones, or when approaching school buses with or without warning lights on,” Broussard urged residents.