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Kissimmee police reminds public to watch for children

Posted on Tuesday, August 8, 2017 at 10:34 am

Osceola County Schools are starting the 2017-18 school Thursday, meaning school buses will be on the roads and more children will be out on the streets walking or riding bikes to and from school.  The Kissimmee Police Department is reminding drivers to watch for the children and be aware of all school zones and stop for school buses.

The speed limit in most school zones is 15 miles per hour. Anyone speeding through a school zone will be subject to enhanced fines and penalties. Be aware of crossing guards and yield to the children, police officials said.

Parents are urged to protect their children when they are going to and from school. If a child will be riding a bike to school, ensure that the child is wearing a bicycle helmet and that it fits properly.  Review bicycle safety rules with your child prior to sending them off on Thursday morning.

When dropping children off at school, use the proper drop off area for your school.  Do not make alternate drop off areas because of long lines.  Give yourself a few extra minutes in the morning to drop your child off at the proper location. Kissimmee police officers will be at the schools in the city’s jurisdiction to assist with traffic flow at the drop off and pick up locations.

Motorists need to be aware of school buses and remember, Stop on Red, Kids Ahead!  Florida law requires that motorists stop upon approaching any school bus that displays its flashing red lights and has its stop signs extended. The only exception is when a vehicle is traveling in the opposite direction of the school bus and traveling on a divided highway with an unpaved space of at least five feet or with a raised median or physical barrier.

If a school bus is traveling in the opposite direction and there is no unpaved space or barrier, all drivers must stop. Turn lanes do not constitute a barrier.

“It is everyone’s responsibility to ensure our children are safe on their travels to and from school,” said Chief Jeff O’Dell, “Review safety tips with your children so they are ready for school Thursday. Motorist need to make note of school zones and ensure you are driving safely and watching for children walking, riding bicycles and at bus stops.”