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Police offer safety tips as schools set to resume
With kids headed back to the classrooms on Sept. 3, the Bellevue Police Department is advising motorists to watch for and obey the yellow flashing school-zone lights near elementary schools. The speed limit is reduced to 20 mph when the lights are flashing. In other school zones, the lower speed limit is in effect “when children are present,” police say, so motorists should be prepared to slow down.
The City of Bellevue’s photo enforcement cameras will be operating during school hours in two school zones:
Northeast Eighth Street and 143rd Avenue Northeast near Stevenson Elementary School
Southeast Eighth Street band 143rd Place Southeast near Lake Hills Elementary School
Upcoming construction at Bennett, Cherry Crest and Cougar Ridge elementary schools will upgrade the school zone signing to yellow flashing beacons, bringing the total number of elementary schools in Bellevue with flashing beacons to 14.
In addition to the photo enforcement cameras, officers regularly enforce the school zone speed limits.
“The purpose of the enforcement is to enhance driver awareness and improve voluntary compliance with the school zone speed limit, increasing the safety of the children who are present,” said Capt. Denny Bronson.
In addition, the department offered a number of safety tips:
Slowdown in school zones
Pay attention while driving; don’t be distracted by using electronic devices or cell phones
When the beacons are flashing or children are present, the speed limit is 20 mph
Yield the right away to pedestrians and children getting on and off the school buses
Remember to be aware of your surroundings while turning or changing lanes
Stop completely at all intersections
Pedestrians should use crosswalks and cross with the crossing sign
Closely supervise your children as they walk to and from your vehicle or school