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2000 Media Release


August 14, 2000
For More Information Contact:
Diane Gonzolas, Citizen Information Center, 441-7831
Shane Dostal or Scott Opfer, Public Works, 441-7711
Brian Jackson, Lincoln Police Department, 441-9181

Mayor Reminds Residents of Two School Safety Projects

As the end of summer vacation approaches, Mayor Don Wesely today reminded Lincoln residents that everyone in the community has a role to play in keeping our children's trips to and from school safe. Two annual events are coming up in the next week to prepare the community for back-to-school changes:

  • The Police Department's Traffic Enforcement Unit will again conduct its Fall School Enforcement Project, primarily targeting the more than 50 school speed zones in our community. This two-week project is scheduled to begin Monday, August 21.

    "Getting children to and from school safely is primarily a parental responsibility, but they need the support and cooperation of drivers, schools, city officials and our community," said Mayor Wesely. "We encourage all parents to participate in the Safe Walk and Safe Ride event by walking with their children to their respective schools. In addition, we implore all drivers to pay extra attention to added pedestrian traffic, especially children, around school areas."

    Several years ago, the City Council passed an ordinance doubling the fines for speeding in school speed zones. The Police Department has a "no tolerance" policy for enforcing the 25 m.p.h. limit in school zones. The fines (not including court costs) for speeding in these zones are:

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