Written by Phil Cerroni
The following tips and information are reminders to reemphasize the importance we all place on the safety of our school age children. Please take a few minutes and review this information and share reminders with your children so that together we can all do our part to avoid preventable accidents and incidents this school year.
School Zones – Most have flashing signals to alert you of their locations, but some only have signs with times so be aware of school zone locations. The speed limit in school zones is 20 mph unless otherwise posted. Remember to slow to the posted speed before entering the zone.
Cell Phone Use Prohibited – The use of cell phones while driving in active Irving school zones is prohibited, except for emergency contact with police/fire/emergency medical personnel. This ordinance was enacted to reduce driver distraction and enhance the safety of pedestrians and motorists alike by preventing motorists from engaging in calls, talking, dialing or listening on a hand-held mobile telephone, and/or entering/reading text messages. Devices include: cell phones, personal digital assistants, pagers or other electronic communications devices.
School Crossing Guards serve the community by providing safety for children and other pedestrians on their way to and from school. When a crossing guard is going to cross pedestrians, the guard will raise their stop sign, blow their whistle, and then step out into the street within the crosswalk. Please be aware of the crossing guard locations and always wait for their signal before proceeding.
Students Walking to/from School – Parents, be aware of the route your child will take if walking to and from school. Walk the route with them in order to familiarize both you and your child with possible hazards and school zone procedures. Also, talk with them about possible circumstances or situations that may occur and develop a plan of what to do if something unexpected occurs.
Suspicious Activity – Be aware and watch for suspicious activity in and around our schools, if you see or hear something that seems suspicious, hazardous, or out of place, please do not hesitate to contact the police, school officials, or both. Help watch for the well being of students and parents walking to and from school.
If you have any questions or need more information please contact your school’s Resource Officer or the Irving Police Department’s Community Services Division at 972-721-2615.
Source: Irving Police Department