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1st Day of School Traffic Enforcement

Hartford Police Department Traffic Division
Summer/Fall 2015 Back to School Safety Initiative

"Safe Drivers for Safe Students"

The Hartford Police Traffic Division will initiate a citywide motor vehicle safety operation beginning Tuesday, August 25th. The operation will coincide with the return of students to city schools. Officers from the Community Services Bureau and City of Hartford School Crossing Guards have been tasked to assist with keeping our children safe.
Regardless if children walk, ride a bicycle, or take the bus to school, it is extremely important that they, and the motorists around them, take proper safety precautions. Take extra care in school zones and neighborhood areas where children and teenagers might be walking or riding bicycles to school. Be alert, children are unpredictable.

Please be aware of the following:
• Red flashing lights and an extended stop sign arm signals to motorists that the bus is stopped and children are getting on or off the bus.
• All 50 states have a law making it illegal to pass a stopped school bus with red flashing lights.
• All 50 states require that traffic in both directions stop on undivided roadways when students are entering or exiting a school bus.
• While state laws vary on what is required on a divided roadway, in all cases, traffic behind the school bus (traveling in the same direction) must stop.
• School buses use yellow flashing lights to alert motorists that they are preparing to stop to load or unload children.
• The area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit. Stop your car far enough from the bus to allow children the necessary space to safely enter and exit the bus.

The Traffic Division will provide special attention to the city's high schools. New and inexperienced young drivers will be driving to school. Education and counseling will be recommended as enforcement options while traditional enforcement will be reserved for serious violations. Half of all teens will be involved in a car crash before graduating from high school. The more they know, the more we can do to prevent these crashes. Contrary to popular belief, teens crash most often because they are inexperienced. They struggle judging gaps in traffic, driving the right speed for conditions and turning safely, among other things.

Officers will be given greater discretion when dealing with students driving to high school. Warnings with educational prompts on hazards/responsibilities of operating a motor vehicle will be encouraged. Serious offences will be addressed accordingly with a goal of keeping all students safe.

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Hartford CT, 06103

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