Our View: Drivers: Classes are back in session, so give schools a brake | Opinion – Arizona News

Our View: Drivers: Classes are back in session, so give schools a brake | Opinion – Arizona News

Summer seems endless in Lake Havasu City, but there’s one rite of passage that signals we’ve reached summer’s twilight: The start of school. It may be hard to believe, but kids around Lake Havasu City are back in classes today after a two-month summer break.

For students and teachers, that means jumping back into old routines. The rest of us, however, may need a reminder or two about how to behave now that school is back in session. Specifically, drivers need to know that there are lots of kids on Havasu streets, and it’s important to stay alert and vigilant during peak travel times and drive slow when you’re near a school zone.

Fortunately, Havasu police will be out looking for drivers who forget the rules or can’t be bothered to follow them.

For those unfortunate — but deserving — traffic offenders, that’ll mean a ticket with a fine possibly exceeding $300. Save yourself the hassle and brush up on traffic laws.

Some reminders: School zones require motorist sot keep a speed limit of no more than 15 miles per hour. Be patient. When a school bus is unloading or loading, traffic must stop in both directions. (Blinking lights on the exterior of the bus are a signal that you must stop). Arizona law also requires drivers stop at school crosswalks to allow pedestrians to get from curb to curb.

Keep an eye out for children. Remember, there are few sidewalks in residential neighborhoods, so you’re sharing the roadway with kids as they walk and ride their bikes to school

Class starts at 8 a.m. in all schools for the…

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