School Zone Safety
School is back in session and Avondale’s motorcycle officers will be keeping a close eye on school zones throughout the city to ensure that motorists are obeying all traffic laws and observing all posted signs and speed limits.
For the safety of children, motorists are reminded to drive safely and obey the speed limit at all times, especially in school zones, and in residential areas where children are walking to school or waiting for the bus. Motorcycle officers will be issuing citations to motorists who fail to obey the law.
Motorists should keep the following in mind:
* Obey the speed limit -- A speeding ticket can cost between $230 up to $505.
* Fines double in school zones.
* In a 15 mph school zone, passing another vehicle is not allowed, regardless of the speed of the other vehicle.
* Stop for crossing guards.
* When children are crossing, wait for the crosswalk to be completely clear before proceeding.
* Do not park or stop in a bicycle lane.
* Do not pass a school bus that has its red lights flashing and its stop-arm extended. The law allows vehicles to pass a stopped school bus when there is a raised median between lanes of traffic going the opposite direction.
Parents should keep the following in mind:
* Remind children to cross the street safely at crosswalks and intersections only.
* Make sure that children are buckled up safely in a car.
* Drop children off at designated drop-off zones only.
* If your child rides a bicycle or rollerblades to school, make sure he/she wears a bike helmet and protective gear.
Avondale is designated as a safe routes to school community. Maps, outlining safe routes are available on Avondale’s Traffic Engineering website www.avondaleaz.gov/traffic. Children should be encouraged to walk in groups as much as possible in an effort to increase safety at the school site, as well as encourages healthy habits in our children.
The Avondale Police Department has set up a Traffic Hotline for residents to report speeding in their neighborhoods and school zones, as well as other traffic safety concerns. Residents can call the hotline number at (623) 333-7013.