School Is Back In Session, Authorities Advise Motorists To Be Alert

(Beaver Dam) With school back in session, the Beaver Dam Police Department will be gearing up to enforce school safety. Sergeant Erik Smedema says that motorists need to pay attention. He says they will be patrolling around the schools in the morning and with kids walking and biking to school it is important to pay attention. Lieutenant Matt Riel says drivers must slow down to 15 miles-per-hour in school zones no matter if school is taking place or after school.

Meanwhile, officials with the Dodge County Highway Safety Commission say with more kids heading to school, distracted driving is a particular concern. Coordinator Joel Kiesow says it’s important for drivers not to be talking and texting on their phones. He says turning off your cell phone is one of the smartest things you can do. Motorists are also reminded that their vehicles should stop no closer than 20-feet when approaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing or stop arm extended. Kiesow also asks motorists to take extra time to look for kids at intersections and sidewalks; enter and exit driveways and alleys slowly.

Kids meanwhile, are reminded that they should cross the street with an adult or crossing guard until they are at least 10-years-old; cross the street at corners using traffic signals and crosswalks; never run into the streets or cross in between parked cars; and finally make sure to walk in front of the school bus where the driver can see them.