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Police Department Reminds Drivers to Watch out for Children as School Starts

by Bremen Police Department on August 6, 2015

School opens Thursday August 13 and the Bremen Police Department in cooperation with the Bremen Public Schools would like to remind motorist to be especially careful and watch for children on their way to and from school.

          According to Chief Matthew Hassel, there will be an increase in child pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday 7:30am to 8:00am and 7:55am to 8:25am on Thursday. Also 3:00pm to 3:30pm Monday through Friday.  “It’s up to us to look out for these youngsters because they are not thinking much about safety, they are too excited.”

          Passing a school bus, speeding in school zones, stopping in the roadway to load or unload children, high traffic volumes and rolling through stop signs, these are all factors that lead to school children becoming injured or killed and the risks are even greater while school is in session.  About 756,000 children are expected to ride Hoosier school buses this year. Many children board school buses in the pre-dawn hours and it can be difficult for drivers to see them in the dark. On average, 26 children are killed every year while getting on or off a school bus or while waiting at the bus stop, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation LaPorte District.

Nearly 27,000 youngsters under the age of 15 lose their lives or suffer injuries in motor vehicle crashes each year, according to AAA – Chicago Motor Club.  Traffic crashes lead all causes of death and injury among youngsters through age 14. Nearly 20 percent of the traffic fatalities that occur in the 0-14 age group are accidents involving pedestrians.

Crossing guards will be located at Plymouth and Montgomery, Plymouth and Marshall, Plymouth and Baltimore, Bowen and Sherman and South Street in front of the elementary school to assist children crossing the street.  Motorists are asked to use extreme caution at these intersections and to obey the crossing guard’s lawful instructions.

Again there will be NO LEFT TURN at the intersection of Plymouth and Marshall Streets while the crossing guard is on duty. New this year Baltimore Street is now a one-way Street from South Street to Plymouth Street for north bound traffic. Motorists on Plymouth Street will not be able to access South Baltimore Street. This should reduce traffic back ups and increase safety at these intersections. Also new all motorist dropping off children in front of the Elementary / Middle School will have to use the school drive because South Street will be closed during drop off and pick up times. The drive will have two lanes, the left lane will exit north on to Baltimore Street and the right lane will exit on to South Street. Motorist will not be allowed to park in the school drive. If you need to park continue through the drive and park along South Street.

Drivers can help protect children by being especially careful near schools and in residential areas, pulling to the curb to load and unload children, watching their speed, obeying school bus signals and crossing guards. 

Remember, school opens August 13, - Please drive carefully. 



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