Be By the Book on Back-to-School Safety

As students head back to school next week in Winchester, we want drivers to be By the Book when it comes to safety. The first day of school for students in the city is Monday, August 11th. There will be an increased presence of officers at schools during the first week in an effort to ensure safety.school bus

Drivers

The Winchester Police Department is asking drivers to use extra caution on area roadways by:

  • Adding extra time to their morning and evening commutes to accommodate extra traffic.
  • Following speed limits.
  • Paying close attention to school bus warning lights
  • Being extra vigilant of students who are walking and riding a bike to school.

More than 23 million students nationwide ride the bus to and from school. Motorists are reminded that when a school bus is displaying flashing red lights, those traveling in both directions must stop, except on divided highways. Violators will be charged with reckless driving, a class 1 misdemeanor that is punishable with up to one year in jail and/or a $2,500 fine. Children are our most vital assets and the inconvenience of taking a few extra seconds to stop for a school bus is insignificant compared to jeopardizing a child’s life.

Parents

Parents are asked to supervise their children at bus stops and encourage safety when loading and unloading on a school bus. Motorists who are transporting children to and from school are reminded to ensure they are safely restrained in seat belts, booster seats, and child restraint devices.

We wish all local students, teachers, and school staff a safe and happy first day of school.