For Immediate Release: 8/24/2017 11:59 am
Chief Steven Sargent took part in a press conference for Back to School Safety organized by City Manager Edward M. Augustus.
The focus was on pedestrian safety and the dangers of distracted driving.
“The Worcester Police Department will do everything we can to keep our schools and school zones safe. During the school year we will increase patrols around school zones and our officers will be proactive when it comes to enforcing laws relating to pedestrian safety. We believe that a combination of enforcement and awareness will help reduce accidents and violations,” said Chief Sargent.
AT&T also presented the Worcester Police Department with a check for $1,000 to expand their public education campaign aimed at deterring texting while driving.
Back to School Safety Tips for Drivers
• Watch for children on and near the road in the morning and after school hours.
• Slow down and be especially alert in the school zones.
• School zones generally have a lower speed limit than other surrounding areas. Pay attention and obey the speed limits.
• Enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly and carefully.
• Reduce any distractions inside your car so you can concentrate on the road and your surroundings.
• It is illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to pick up or drop off children.
• Traffic is heavier in the city when school is in session, be sure to allow for extra travel time
• In a school zone when a warning flasher or flashers are blinking, you must stop to yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing the roadway within a marked crosswalk or at an intersection with no marked crosswalk