Written by The Herald-News
The Wolf Point Police Department reminds drivers that school will soon be back in session and attention is needed on the part of everyone in the community to ensure the safety of all students.
Both Wolf Point School and Frontier School students go back to school Wednesday, Aug. 21.
Drivers are asked to be cognizant of high-traffic areas during the times, morning and afternoon, when students are going to and from school. The WPPD is asking drivers to choose an alternate route and avoid these areas, if possible.
There are two major areas of concern — Fourth Avenue North near Northside School and the 400 block of Dawson Street — noted Lt. Brian Erwin.
Parents are reminded that double-parking while waiting to pick up students is a “huge safety concern” and creates a hindrance to traffic, said Erwin. Increased patrols will be done in the problem areas around the schools and citations will be issued to offenders.
The 400 block of Dawson Street has often been a problem in the past and Erwin said that they are anticipating the same problems with parents double-parking and holding up traffic as they’ve had in the past.
Wolf Point Police Chief Jeff Harada said that, at Northside School especially, drivers are not abiding by the speed limit. Traveling too fast in areas near schools is also very dangerous, since, due to the students’ shorter height, they often can not be seen between vehicles and could easily be hit by a passing vehicle.
Speed limits in school zones are 15 miles per hour, “year round!” and extend for one block on all sides of each school, noted Harada. Drivers who have been stopped for speeding in school zones often use the excuse that the speed limit was only when school was in session. This is not the case, Harada said.
Drivers are also required to yield to students on crosswalks. These students are practicing their safety skills and it is the responsibility of the driving public to practice theirs, as well.
Bus safety is another concern every year, noted Erwin. Drivers are reminded that it is against the law to pass a bus when its lights and stop sign are displayed.
Students and their parents are also reminded that the family dog should be secured at home so they can not follow the children to school.
The Wolf Point Police Department animal control officer will actively be picking up dogs who are found on school grounds.