Focus on safety as students head back to school Aug. 8

(file photo)

(file photo)

Most Scottsdale schools start Monday, Aug. 8, and that means more cars, bicyclists and pedestrians will be on the streets.

Remember, it’s everyone’s responsibility to know the rules of the road whethe walking, bicycling or driving.

All Scottsdale area school zones are 15 mph and it is imperative that everyone takes extra care when driving in or near one, according to Scottsdale press release.

Scottsdale officers will be out enforcing laws in the clearly marked school zones. Mobile photo enforcement vans and portable school towers also will be deployed.

“It’s very important for drivers to obey speed limits and to understand that it is illegal to pass another vehicle in a school zone,” Sgt. Weston Brown, supervisor of the Scottsdale Police Department’s traffic unit, said in the release. “Let’s all do our part to help keep our most important resource safe – our children.”

Learn more about the city’s photo enforcement program at ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “photo enforcement.”

This school year Scottsdale police continue PLAY – a program that encourages uniformed police officers to stop by after-school programs, hang out with students and build relationships. Launched in January, the program now includes 13 after-school sites.

Learn more about the program by visiting ScottsdaleAZ.gov, search “PLAY.”

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