Back to School Safety Tips
Published on August 20, 2021
Denver – Friday, August 20, 2021 – As Denver students head back to school, the Denver Police Department (DPD) and Department of Transportation and Infrastructure (DOTI) remind drivers to pay close attention to the influx of students along roadways, bike lanes, sidewalks and crosswalks.
“With more children going back to school in-person this year, we need people to be aware, use extra care and look out for one other, and slow down on city roadways,” said Adam Phipps, Interim Executive Director of Denver’s Department of Transportation and Infrastructure. “We recommend starting to think now about giving yourself extra time to get to work next week to avoid rushing.”
Additionally, this academic year, some reduced speed school zone times have changed to reflect adjustments in school start and end times. Therefore, drivers need to pay extra attention when passing through those areas. Driving more than 10 miles per hour in a school zone can cost – at the minimum – $285 and four points against the driver’s license. As they have done in the past, DPD will increase enforcement in these areas and remind motorists to slow down in school zones.
“It is an exciting time as Denver students head back to the classroom, but we all have a role in ensuring they arrive there safely,” said Denver Police Chief Paul M. Pazen. “Motorists are reminded to drive with caution and remain vigilant on Denver’s streets with the increase of traffic – both pedestrian and vehicular – around schools. Be safe, Denver.”
- Slow down and keep an eye out for children walking, biking, and rolling to and from school and crossing the street.
- Do not park or stop vehicles in moving lanes of vehicle or bike travel, or block crosswalks.
- Even if the ride to school is a short one, ensure kids are properly buckled before the trip begins. Motor vehicle crashes are a leading cause of death among children. Buckling children in age- and size-appropriate car seats, booster seats, and seat belts reduces serious and fatal injuries. Click here for more tips and the ultimate car seat guide.
- Consider leaving the car home altogether and mapping out a safe and less stressful route to school. Just 30 minutes of physical activity, such as walking or biking to school, can increase fitness levels, overall health and academic performance.
- Follow all the rules of the road and check street signs, especially for street sweeping that runs through November, before parking.
- Remind students to be aware of their surrounds, never accept rides from strangers, and obey traffic signals, signs and rules.