Police Remind Motorists to Be Safe as Wilson County Students Head Back to School Tomorrow

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Mt. Juliet, Tenn. – Mt. Juliet Police will be providing extra attention in school zones this week to raise awareness that school is back in session. The first day for students is Monday, August 1, and officers will be focusing on motorists who disregard laws designed to protect children in school zones. Mt. Juliet Police will have officers providing extra attention at designated school zones before and after school for the first week. In addition to the reduced speed limits in school zones, officers will be focusing on school bus stop-arm, texting while driving, seat belt, and child passenger safety laws.

“Ultimately, it is about the safety of our children,” stated Chief James Hambrick. “It is important for all drivers to be extra mindful that students will begin walking to school or the bus stop as they make their way to the classroom. Please pay attention in neighborhoods and near schools.”

Digital radar speed signs have been deployed to school zones to also raise awareness. Mt. Juliet Police have three digital speed signs that display the speed of cars and visually warn drivers if they are driving above the speed limit.

Parents are encouraged to visit their child’s school website to become familiar with the traffic plans for drop-off and pick-up at each school. Wilson County School’s website is: http://www.wcschools.com/.

To ensure our school zones are safe this school year, Mt. Juliet Police offer the following suggestions:

  1. Give yourself plenty of time in the morning!  As traffic volumes and congestion on the roadways increase, so does the length of time it takes to travel to your destination.  Giving yourself more time, by leaving earlier, reduces stress, increases your awareness, and improves your driving. Obey the posted speed limit signs and directional signs.  This includes marked curbs.  These signs and curb markings assist in the traffic flow into and out of the schools and assist in the safety of the students who walk and bike to school. One misplaced car can disrupt the traffic flow and the safety of our students.
  2. Be patient! Impatience leads to aggressive driving, rude or unwarranted behavior, pedestrian and bicycle collisions, and it creates traffic gridlock.  Remember, everyone has the same goal in mind, to get our children safely to and from school.  Also remember, the habits you exhibit in your driving and demeanor are typically passed on to your children when they start driving.
  3. If you are driving your children to school, have them ready to leave the car, with all of their belongings, when you come to a stop at the school. Backups and delays are caused when children have to get their backpacks and other items from the trunk or back seat of a car. Explore other alternatives such as carpool, ride-sharing, walking, or biking to school.
  4. Watch and obey the school crossing guards.  Crossing guards are provided to assist with school traffic and the safe crossing of your students across the surrounding streets near each elementary school. Be on the lookout, be prepared to stop, and be prepared to follow their directions so our children can get to and from school safely.

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