Drive safely and watch for students

School starts Wednesday so drivers need to be on the lookout

BREMEN — School opens Wednesday, Aug. 14, and the Bremen Police Department in cooperation with the Bremen Public Schools would like to remind motorists to be especially careful and watch for children on their way to and from school.

Police Chief Matthew Hassel said there will be an increase in child pedestrian and motor vehicle traffic Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 8 a.m., 7:55 a.m. to 8:25 a.m. on Thursday, as well as 3 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

“It’s up to us to look out for these youngsters because they are not thinking much about safety – they are too excited,” Hassel said.

Crossing guards will be located at Plymouth and Montgomery, Plymouth and Marshall, Plymouth and Baltimore, Bowen and Sherman and South streets in front of the elementary school to assist children crossing the street.

Motorists are asked to use extreme caution at these intersections and to obey the crossing guard’s lawful instructions.

Again there will be no left turns at the intersections of Plymouth and Marshall and Plymouth and Baltimore streets for westbound traffic on Plymouth Street while the crossing guards are on duty.

This should reduce traffic back ups and increase safety at these intersections.

Passing a school bus, speeding in school zones, stopping in the roadway to load or unload children, high traffic volumes and rolling through stop signs, these are all factors that lead to school children becoming injured or killed and the risks are even greater while school is in session.

About 756,000 children are expected to ride Hoosier school buses this year. Many children board school buses in the pre-dawn hours and it can be difficult for drivers to see them in the dark.

On average, 26 children are killed every year while getting on or off a school bus or while waiting at the bus stop, according to the Indiana Department of Transportation LaPorte District.

Nearly 27,000 youngsters under the age of 15 lose their lives or suffer injuries in motor vehicle crashes each year, according to AAA – Chicago Motor Club.

Traffic crashes lead all causes of death and injury among youngsters through age 14. Nearly 20 percent of the traffic fatalities that occur in the under-14 age group are accidents involving pedestrians.

Drivers can help protect children by being especially careful near schools and in residential areas, watching their speed, obeying school bus signals and crossing guards.