Police promote “Back to School Highway Safety Initiative"

With the start of the school year right around the corner, the city of Pittsburgh Bureau of Police is making sure children make it to and from school in a safe manner.

Police will be conducting a two-week proactive “Back to School Highway Safety Initiative”.  Officers will be out in full force to help ensure motorists obey the 15 MPH school zone speed and properly stop for school buses using red flashing lights.

“Motorists are reminded to drive with care, remain alert and obey all laws when driving through school zones or approaching a school bus that is picking up or dropping off children,” said Commander Ed Trapp.

Police shared the follow tips for motorists:

  • Slow down and obey all traffic laws and speed limits; pay attention to school zones.
  • When a school bus is stopped and red flashers are on, drivers in both directions are required to stop before reaching the bus and remain stopped until the flashing lights are turned off.
  • Watch for children walking or bicycling in the street and for youngsters gathering near bus stops.
  • When backing out of a driveway or leaving a garage, look for children walking or biking to school.
  • Don’t drive distracted (putting on makeup, texting, talking on the phone, etc.).
  • Don’t drive impaired.
  • Always use your seatbelt.

Drivers who violate traffic laws face the following penalties: 60-day driver’s license suspension, 5 points on your driving record and a $250.00 fine.

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