Students who attend Bellevue schools will head back to class on Tuesday, September 2. Bellevue police officers will be working in school zones to ensure that drivers obey traffic laws. Please remember to slow to 20 mph and keep an eye out for kids when you're in a school zone at the beginning and end of the school day.
At some schools, you'll see the signs with yellow flashing lights. In other school zones, there are yellow warning signs regarding the 20-mph limit is in effect "when children are present." Also remember to stop for school buses when the lights are flashing or the stop bar is out, or be prepared for a $394 fine. Police officers need not be on-hand to enforce this infraction; bus drivers are trained to document infractions, which are admissible in a court of law.
The city's photo enforcement cameras will be operating during school hours at Stevenson and Lake Hills elementary schools. The City Council recently approved a third camera, at Sunset Elementary School, which will be installed this year.
In addition to enforcing the speed limit within school zones, officers will also be on the lookout for drivers distracted by electronic devices in their vehicles and other accident-causing traffic violations. Bellevue Police and Neighborhood Traffic Safety Services offer the following safety tips for drivers and pedestrians:
- Slow down in school zones. The stopping distance of a vehicle traveling 30 mph is nearly twice the stopping distance of a vehicle traveling 20 mph.
- Pay attention while driving; don’t be distracted by electronic devices or cell phones.
- Stop for pedestrians and children getting on and off the school buses. It is unlawful to pass a school bus when the red lights are flashing.
- Watch for pedestrians when entering a school driveway or turning a corner.
- Stop behind the crosswalk at intersections to allow room for pedestrians.
- Pedestrians should use crosswalks and cross with the crossing sign or light.
- If your kids walk to school, make sure they know the rules of the road and your expectations.
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