Valparaiso Police Increase Patrols for Back to School

valpopoliceValparaiso students return back to school on Wednesday morning and Valparaiso Police officers will welcome students to their respective schools.

Officers plan on being present in and around all schools during the first day of school. Officers will welcome students, parents and teachers the first day. Officer’s presence in and around schools re-enforces the importance of school safety to everyone.

Motorists should be aware that speed limits are reduced in the morning and afternoon in school zones when school is in session. Flashing lights on signs inform motorists that the speed limits are reduced from 30 mph to 20 mph when students are present. Motorists also should be aware of crossing-guards that will be assisting children across busy roadways throughout the day.

Motorists are reminded to stop when they encounter a school bus with red lights flashing and their stop arm extended. When motorists are stopped for a school bus they should use caution prior to continuing and look for children in the area.

Motorists should expect some delays around schools zones during the first week and should allow extra time when traveling to their destination. “If everybody works together, the start of the 2014 school year will be a safe one for everybody,” explained Police Chief Michael Brickner.