#BackToSchool: Watch Out For Students

(Gillette, Wyo.) That’s it. Summer has officially ended for Campbell County students, who have their first day back to school under their belts. With the start of the school year, motorists are urged to keep a sharp eye out for students traveling to and from schools.

“We want everybody to be cognizant of any pedestrians,” said Geno Palazzari, communications manager with the city of Gillette. “But certainly during the school year we want to watch for kids who are walking or biking to school. Also, watch out for buses and their stop arms. They are a mobile stop sign.”

The flashing red lights combined with the stop signs are not suggestions. According to Wyoming Statute (W.S.) 31-5-507, motorists are required to stop whenever they cross paths with a school bus that is stopped, has activated their flashing red lights,  and is picking up or dropping off students on any road way. Exemptions do apply for separated roadways, private roads, and for special areas where the bus has pulled off the roadway.

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Motorists crossing paths with school buses dropping kids off are required to stop

“Stop for all students and stop for the flashing red lights,” said Deb Christopherson, a dispatcher with the Campbell County School District Transportation Office. “Our biggest problem is people running our red lights.”

Motorists are also reminded to pay attention to the speed limits within school zones. The flashing lights atop the speed limit signs are flashing once again, signaling the enforcement of the reduced speed limit in all school zones across the city.

So remember, student safety is a priority. Keep an eye out for kids as they fill the cross streets near schools and their homes.