Driver reminders for school zones on first day of school - Tucson News Now

Driver reminders for school zones on first day of school

TUCSON, AZ (Tucson News Now) -

It is back to school for students in the Tucson Unified School District this morning and drivers are advised to be alert and watch for returning students.

Tucson Police will be on alert for speeders and those not paying attention in and around school zones.  One of TPD's radar vans is located near Lynn Urquides School.  The van near Ajo and I-19 will be on site until 9 a.m., drivers are reminded to slow down to 15 miles per hour, especially when children are present.

According to AAA Arizona drivers taking their eyes off the road for just two seconds, doubles their chance of crashing.

Speed restrictions will be strictly enforced by the radar vans, according to TPD officials, the only thing they are looking for at the end of the day is that the students get to school on time and get back home safely. 

Parents are advised if students are walking to school, map a route with the fewest street crossings, and try to choose intersections with crossing guards.  Remind students to walk with a buddy if possible, and if they are riding a bike to wear a helmet. 

Today drivers will start to see more buses unloading, with flashing red lights and stop signs extended out, they must come to a complete stop, remember not to pass the bus; wait for the bus and the kids, then proceed.

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