Motorists, beware. Summer school in Unified School District 428 begins Monday, and along with it come summer school zones.
According to Mike Crawford, Public Works Department Street Division superintendent, the zones will be in force through the end of the month.
They will lights will go on at 7 a.m. and off at 8 a.m., and back on at 12:15 p.m. and off at 12:45 p.m. This includes Lincoln, Jefferson, Eisenhower, Park and Riley elementary schools.
Also, according to the Great Bend Police Department, when the lights are flashing, it means the 20-mile-per-hour speed limit is in force, just as if it were the regular school year. This is regardless of what the normal limit is for the area.
Speeding violations in a school zone are also more costly. An additional $20 is added on top of the regular fine.
The reduced speeds allow drivers more time to react.
In addition, officials remind students to watch for traffic and to utilize crosswalks.
Other tips include:
• Don’t assume that because you can see the driver, the driver can see you. Look left, right and left again when crossing, and keep looking as you cross. Walk, don’t run, across the street.
• Walk on sidewalks or paths. If there are no sidewalks, walk facing traffic as far to the left as possible.
• Be a safe pedestrian around cars. Watch for cars that are turning or backing up. Parents and kids should hold hands in parking lots.
• Never allow children under age 10 to cross streets alone. Adult supervision is essential until you are sure a child has good traffic skills and judgment.
• Children should walk on direct routes with the fewest street crossings.
• Make sure children know to cross 10 feet in front of a school bus, never behind, and to wait for adults on the same side of the street as the school bus loading or unloading zone.
• Teach your child never to run out into a street for a ball, a pet or any other reason. Help create an environment that’s safe for pedestrians.
• Make sure your child plays in safe places away from motor vehicles, such as yards, parks and playgrounds never in the street. Fence off play areas from driveways and streets.
• Buy clothing and accessories incorporating retroreflective materials for your family to wear at dawn and dusk, in the evening and during other low-light situations, such as rainy or foggy weather.
• Check frequently for children when backing out of a driveway or a parking space.