HUNTSVILLE, Ala. – As the 2014-15 school year starts, Huntsville police will be stepping up enforcement of all traffic laws in school zones.
Beginning on Tuesday, August 5, all posted speed limits and other traffic laws will be strictly enforced in both public and private school zones, according to Huntsville Police Chief Lewis Morris.
You should expect a lot of traffic around school zones as the “Zero Tolerance” campaign kicks off. Morris said Huntsville Police Department’s Traffic Services Units, Precinct Officers, School Resource Officers and Public Safety Aides will monitor traffic and safety issues at 85 school zones across Huntsville and issue citations for “all traffic violations.”
You should also be aware that several schools have changed their dismissal schedule this school year. Dawson, Highlands, Lakewood, Montview, Rolling Hills and University Place Elementary Schools will dismiss at 3:00 p.m. McNair Junior High School, formally known as Davis Hills Middle, will dismiss at 3:15 p.m.
Always be alert in school zones and obey the hand signals of the Public Safety Aides who are working to protect our children and assist in traffic control.
The Huntsville Police Department wants you to be aware of several things when you are in a school zone. First, when you approach a Public Safety Aide directing traffic, the front and back of the Aide facing the driver means to come to a complete “STOP.” Drivers should also consider every child walking as a caution sign. Be aware of all school cross walks and look out for children who may jump out from behind parked cars. Finally, all traffic in both directions should come to a complete “STOP” when a school bus loads and unloads students unless the roadway is divided by a median.
Huntsville police would also like to encourage parents to teach their children to use the appropriate pedestrian crosswalks, regardless of the presence of a Safety Patrol Aide.
Be aware as your driving in school zones!