With classes resuming at most Grayson County schools today, drivers are being urged to be extra cautious on area roads.
The Leitchfield Police Department doesn’t have any special details planned, Capt. David Riley said, but will try to have an officer at Grayson County Middle School in the morning and afternoon to help with traffic control and making sure kids can cross streets safely.
That’s a common practice for city officers, he said, as workloads allow.
“We may put an officer out in that area doing radar for speed enforcement Wednesday morning,” Riley said, adding an officer could be doing speed enforcement in the school zones that afternoon as well.
Radar monitoring in the school zones, and along Wallace Avenue, won’t only take place on Wednesday, he cautioned.
“We will periodically be doing speed enforcement in those areas,” Riley said.
Experts offer these tips as the school year resumes:
* In town, watch for kids in crosswalks and along the sidewalks. Be sure to make safe, complete stops when required, including at red lights before turning right. Also, keep your head on a swivel — just when you think it’s safe, kids tend to pop out of nowhere and run across the street when you least expect it.
* When kids are present, school zones require you to slow down to 25 mph, regardless of time of day or the day of week. If it’s a Saturday at 8 p.m. and you’re in a school zone when children are present (maybe there is a dance or sporting event), you are still required to slow down.
* Watch out for school buses, and remember that when one stops with its red lights flashing and signs extended, you must stop as well — even if you’re on the opposite side of the street — until the children are safely across the street or road and the bus lights stop flashing.
Don’t tailgate buses, since they often make sudden, unexpected stops. That’s even more important on the highway, where higher speeds translate into greater distances needed for stopping.
* When driving in school zones, watch for parents dropping off kids. A frazzled mom or dad might not remember to look both ways before pulling out into traffic.
* At high schools, keep in mind that a disproportionate amount of the drivers are newly licensed teens.