Come Monday morning, school zones in Mt. Lebanon will be active as students head back to class. Mt. Lebanon Police will also be out in force in their annual “Back-to-School” School Zone safety initiative. The police department will have extra officers working at designated school zones before and after school for the first few weeks, focusing on poor and unsafe driving behavior.
“The safety of our children is a very important priority of our department. School zones should be the safest roadways in our community,” stated Chief of Police Aaron Lauth. “Motorists who speed and drive distracted in a school zone, not only place risks on other motorists, but they place risk on our children heading to and from school. Our officers are going to work hard and be on the lookout for those unsafe drivers.”
Digital speed signs will also be deployed during this school zone safety awareness effort. These signs will serve as a visual reminder to drivers to watch their speed.
Mt. Lebanon Police have three digital speed signs that display the speed of cars and visually warn motorists if they are driving above the speed limit.
In addition to the reduced speed limits in school zones, officers will be focusing on aggressive driving, texting while driving, seat belt usage, and child passenger safety laws in the enhanced enforcement effort. The enhanced enforcement will be conducted during the first week of school as drivers and students become familiarized with school zones and new traffic flow. Officers will be deployed during arrival and dismissal times while there is increased school traffic. Random, unannounced school zone enforcement efforts will continue regularly throughout the school year.
Parents are also encouraged to visit the school district’s website to become familiar with the traffic plans for drop-off and pick-up at each school, as well as the safe walking routes for children.
To ensure our school zones are safe this school year, Mt. Lebanon Police offer the following suggestions:
Give yourself plenty of time in the morning: As traffic volumes and congestion on the roadways increase, so does the length of time it takes to travel to your destination.
Be patient: Impatience leads to aggressive driving, rude or unwarranted behavior, pedestrian and bicycle collisions, and it creates traffic gridlock. Remember, everyone has the same goal in mind, to get our children safely to and from school.
Be prepared: If you are driving your children to school, have them ready to leave the car, with all of their belongings, when you come to a stop at the school. Familiarize yourself with the “Go Zone” regulations at your child’s school. Generally, the rules are simple; wait your turn and drop off your child at the designated safe location identified at each school.
Watch and obey the school crossing guards: Crossing guards are provided to assist with school pedestrian traffic and the safe crossing of your students across the surrounding streets near each school. Be on the lookout, be prepared to stop, and be prepared to follow their directions so our children can get to and from school safely.
Please do your part to assist us in making this a safe and happy school year for all of the children in our community.