City of Lincoln
2009 Media Releases
- August 14, 2009
- For More Information Contact:
- Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
- Shane Dostal or Scott Opfer, Public Works, 441-7711
Mayor Promotes School Safety
With school beginning Wednesday, August 19, Mayor Chris Beutler today promoted two efforts aimed at getting students to and from school safely:
- The Lincoln Public Schools (LPS), the City's Public Works and Utilities Department and the Lincoln Police Department (LPD) are sponsoring the annual "Safe Walk and Safe Ride to School Night" from 6 to 7 p.m. Monday, August 17. All 25 mph school speed zones will be in operation. (Some schools will have the "Safe Ride" event with school buses on Tuesday, August 18.)
- LPD will conduct its two-week "back to school" traffic enforcement project beginning Wednesday, August 19. Additional officers will be posted around schools to promote traffic and pedestrian safety.
"Drivers in the areas of the three new schools will need to be prepared for increased vehicle and pedestrian traffic," Mayor Beutler said. "As school begins, it's important for all of us to use extra caution on the road, especially in school zones." The three new schools are Kooser Elementary at N. 14th St. and Alvo Road; Arnold Elementary at N.W. 48th and W. Cuming streets; and Schoo Middle School at Tallgrass Parkway and Penrose Drive.
Goodrich Middle School students will now be in attendance at the Dawes Middle School on Colfax Avenue and 52nd Street. With more buses and less vehicular traffic expected, the City has designated Colfax Avenue between 49th and 52nd streets as one-way westbound from 7 to 8 a.m. and 2:30 to 3:30 p.m.. Signs have been posted.
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).
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 are prohibited from 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 are prohibited from stopping 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 the same as 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.