Local/Regional News
2:12 pm
Tue August 14, 2012

Police: Safety The Watchword As Schools Re-Open Wednesday

LEXINGTON, Ky. - Summer officially ends for many Fayette county students as public schools open their doors tomorrow.  Lexington Police are using the opportunity to talk about school safety.  Commander Thomas Curtsinger says the morning commute may take a little longer starting tomorrow.

“There’s going to be a lot of extra traffic, both pedestrian, bicycle, and bus traffic on the roads so they need to take appropriate plans when leaving their homes, and plan for extra time to get to their destinations."

Curtsinger says for the first couple of weeks there will be extra patrols around school zones; especially those currently undergoing construction.  He also reminds drivers that when school buses are loading and unloading, they are obligated to stop.

Curtsinger says a little bit of patience will go a long way to preventing potentially life-threatening mistakes.

“Plan in advance.  Leave a little bit earlier in the morning than you normally would…and again it’s just about being patient especially these first two weeks of school to get everyone settled back into their routine, the bus drivers, commuters, and children alike.”