School is back in session, and the Pima County Sheriff’s Department is reminding drivers of the school zone ordinance and how it keeps students and streets safe.
According to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, drivers should pay special attention to the speed limit when approaching schools, as traffic is expected to yield to any pedestrians in a school zone.
Motorists should slow to the posted speed limit, and a vehicle approaching the crosswalk should be traveling at no more than 15 MPH. Keep an eye out for signs indicating “school in session” and/or “stop when children are in crosswalk.”
According to the Pima County Sheriff’s Department, drivers may not accelerate until they have completely passed the marked, designated crosswalk for pedestrian traffic.
One of the most important reminders for drivers is to always remain alert, as children are unpredictable and do not always remember to stop and check before crossing the road or use the crosswalk. Drivers should approach school zones with the mindset that they will have to stop, so they are prepared and safe.
Pima County Sheriff’s Department deputies will be enforcing traffic throughout the school year, ticketing motorists who do not stop for school buses or pedestrians or speed in school zones. Parents should also educate their children about the hazards associated with roadways, and traffic safety about when and where it is safest to cross.