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2008 Media Releases


Date:
August 14, 2008
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7381
Shane Dostal or Scott Opfer, Public Works, 441-7711
Sergeant Dan Schmidt, Police Department, 441-6587


MAYOR PROMOTES SCHOOL SAFETY

With school beginning Wednesday, August 20, Mayor Chris Beutler today promoted two efforts aimed at getting students to and from school safely:

  • LPS and the City’s Public Works and Utilities Department and Police Department (LPD) are sponsoring the annual “Safe Walk and Safe Ride to School Night” from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, August 18. All 25 mph school speed zones will be in operation. (Some schools will have the “Safe Ride” event with school buses on Tuesday, August 19.)
  • LPD will conduct its two-week “back to school” traffic enforcement project beginning Wednesday, August 20. Additional officers will be posted around schools to promote traffic and pedestrian safety.

“These two efforts are very important in reminding people that we all have a role to play in getting children to and from school safely,” Beutler said. “Families with students need to stress safety with their children, and all of us who drive our streets need to use extra caution this time of the year, especially in school zones.”

Voluntary one-way pick-up and drop-off driving plans and recommended walking routes are available from school principals; the LPS Web site at lps.org; and the City Web site at lincoln.ne.gov (keyword: schools). If a plan has not been developed for your school, please contact the principal.

Pedestrians are encouraged to walk, not run, when crossing streets. Motorists are encouraged to pay attention to the signage in school areas. (A list follows this release).

Residents also are reminded the UNL students will begin moving into the dormitories August 21. Some students and their families are not familiar with Lincoln, so traffic delay may increase in the main campus area.

LPD has a “no tolerance” policy for enforcing the 25 mph school speed zones, and fines are doubled for speeding in these zones. The fines (not including court costs) for speeding in a 25 mph school speed zone are:

  • $20 for traveling 1 to 5 mph over the speed limit
  • $50 for traveling 6 to 10 mph over the speed limit
  • $150 for traveling 11 to 15 mph over the speed limit
  • $250 for traveling 16 to 20 mph over the speed limit
  • $400 for traveling 21 mph or more over the speed limit

SCHOOL AREA SIGNAGE

No Parking 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. School Days Loading Zone
These signs are installed in areas designated for picking up and dropping off students. Drivers can legally park in these areas for 10 minutes as long as they remain in their vehicles.

No Parking 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. School Days Bus Zone
These signs are installed in areas designated for school bus loading and unloading. Drivers should avoid using these areas when they are picking up or dropping off students.

No Stopping Anytime
These signs are installed in areas for safety reasons, and drivers should not stop in these areas to pick up or drop off students.

No Stopping 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. School Days or No Stopping 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. School Days
These signs are similar to the “No Stopping Anytime” signs except that they are only in effect during the times stated.

Authorized School Crossing
These signs are installed at locations where drivers should expect to see concentrations of children crossing the street. Crossings adjacent to schools also usually have “No Stopping Anytime” signs nearby to allow drivers to better see the children approaching or standing at the curb.


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