Wednesday, September 4, 2013
Schools are back in session around the state and that means increased traffic congestion and increased pedestrian traffic.
South Carolina Highway Patrol Troopers are asking motorists to be extra cautious and on the lookout for children, especially along bus routes.
“Getting children to and from school right now is everyone’s primary concern,” said SCDPS Director Leroy Smith. “The increased traffic and stress of learning carpool lines and bus routes means we all need to exercise extra patience and vigilance – especially these first weeks.”
The South Carolina Department of Public Safety began enforcement initiatives and public outreach last week to raise awareness about the presence of children and the dangers of careless driving behaviors.
Law enforcement will be especially vigilant between 6 and 9 a.m. and 3 and 6 p.m. when children will be going to and from school.
In the coming weeks, troopers will be visiting schools and carpool lines to share safety information with parents and guardians.
“The public should expect to see more law enforcement as we work with our local law enforcement partners and schools to get our children safely back into a routine,” said Highway Patrol Col. Mike Oliver. “We need the public to help us by watching out for children getting on and off the bus and for pedestrian traffic crossing and walking on roadways.”
Oliver said his troopers will especially concentrate on speed, aggressive driving and safety belts in school zones and around schools.
To request a trooper to speak to your school, church or organization about back to school or other highway safety issues, please send a request: www.scdps.gov/schp/request/trooper.aspx.
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