Getting back to school and back into a routine is easier said than done. Sometimes, the rush of the school bell can mean parents are getting the failing grade when it comes to driving.
Operation Safe Roads is taking action with school zone reminders, with information from Mesa's Transportation Department.
They break down the four things drivers need to keep in mind when making their way through a school zone on their website:
The 15-mph speed zone is there to protect children who need to cross the street. This speed control is used when there is no stop sign or traffic signal to assist children in the crossing. Be sure to adhere to the 15-mph speed limit at the instance of the first in-street traffic sign and maintain the slower speed until you fully clear the marked crosswalk. When you are near a school always be conscious of your speed so that you can react quickly to any situation.
Drivers are not allowed to enter a school crosswalk if there is a pedestrian in any part of the crosswalk. Be aware of your surroundings as you approach the school crosswalk and be ready to stop. Drivers can resume the street’s posted speed limit once their vehicle has fully cleared the crosswalk markings.
You are not allowed to pass another vehicle in the school zone, even if you are going 15-mph. If another vehicle is traveling at a slower speed, you must slow down so you do not pass that vehicle in the school zone. This is important for keeping peripheral visibility in case of a crossing pedestrian.
All drivers need to comply with the NO PARKING, NO STANDING, NO STOPPING signage as it is there to ensure that the student crossing areas are kept clear and visible. It is vital to comply, even if it’s just for a few seconds. Drivers are also not allowed to park within 30 feet of a stop sign, or 20 feet of an intersection, to maintain visibility of pedestrians.
Have a road issue or question for Operation Safe Roads? You can call 833-AZROADS or email firstname.lastname@example.org.