McPherson PD encouraging safety in school zones

By McPherson Police Department
August 11, 2014

The school year begins in McPherson this week!

The McPherson KS Police Department offers the following reminders for a safe and successful school day commute:

1. BE AWARE! Children will be walking, cycling & skating to school.

2. SLOW your speed around our schools! McPherson has many 20mph speed zones for school and construction. Some are designated by special yellow wink-o-matic traffic controls & are enforced during a certain time of day (S. Main, N. Main, E. First, E. Kansas, E. Euclid and W. Avenue A). Other 20mph zones are not machine-controlled & some are in force at all times –be watchful! Fines double in a school or construction zone. $135 is the MINIMUM fine for a speed violation.

3. YIELD to pedestrians at ALL crosswalks & intersections.

4. OBSERVE parking areas, traffic flow & signage around each school you visit or pass –many elementary lots have changed this year. Then, plan your commute accordingly –avoiding some areas, parking at a safe walking distance, etc.

5. BUCKLE yourself & your student(s) in the appropriate car seat, booster, or seat belt & be a good example! CLICK IT or TICKET!

6. DISCUSS bicycle safety with your student(s). Be sure each child knows his/her name, phone number & address.

7. DRESS your student(s) in layers, so s/he can remove or add clothing as quickly as the weather changes. Light or bright clothing, shoes, backpacks, & jackets with reflective fabrics are best & make pedestrians easy to see –especially while walking in the dimly lit early hours. Provide HELMETS for students who are cycling or skating to school.

8. PETS may be a hazard or temptation for passing school children. Be sure your pets are kenneled or inside before & after school hours. Dogs running at large continue to be a problem. All pedestrians (especially our youth) appreciate responsible pet owners!

As always, if you SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING.

MPD encourages our community to REPORT unusual or suspicious activity & concerns –or praise ANYTIME in person or by calling (620)245-1200. In any emergency dial 911!


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