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PSA: Police urge drivers to be cautious on first day of school

Posted: August 20, 2013 - 3:58pm  |  Updated: August 21, 2013 - 12:02am

The Juneau Police Department is reminding drivers to be extra vigilant for increased vehicle and pedestrian traffic around town now that school is back in session.

Tuesday marks the first day of public school for most of the Juneau school district, and police say they will be on the lookout for drivers going too fast in marked school zones and for motorists passing school buses that are flashing red lights. JPD said in a prepared statement that they were going to be “actively enforcing” those rules.

The police departments also reminded pedestrians to only cross the road at crosswalks and to watch for passing vehicles. Pedestrians are also encouraged to wear reflective or bright colored clothing and to walk in groups.

Police asked parents to talk to their children about safety issues when traveling to and from school. Those issues should include horseplay near the roadway or at bus stops, pedestrian safety, stranger safety and bicycle safety, police said.

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