Letters | It’s a new school year, so drive with care
August 29, 2012 · 2:24 PM
I would like remind drivers that school begins on Wednesday, Aug. 29.
School zone safety is a top priority for the Snoqualmie Police Department, and we would like to ensure that all drivers are aware that the school zone speed limit is 20 mph in all Snoqualmie school zones. Schools zones vary from city to city and are posted in several different ways. School zones can be posted with flashing lights, times of enforcement and when children are present.
Please remember to give yourself extra time when driving your children to school. Statistics show that a child hit at 20 mph or slower by a moving vehicle will probably survive the impact. If a child is struck at speeds over 20 mph the likely hood is the child will not survive the impact.
I would also like to remind drivers to not talk illegally on their cell phone or text while driving. Talking on your cell phone and texting is one of the leading causes for car accidents and serious injuries.
In 2010, 3092 people were killed in crashes involving a distracted driver and an estimated additional 416,000 were injured in crashes involving a distracted driver. It is also important to remember that for drivers with children under 13 years of age, state law prohibits children from riding in the front seat of a motor vehicle. This is separate from the child seat law.
Snoqualmie Police will be conducting extra traffic emphasis for school zone violations, talking or texting while driving and child restraint violations.
Please remember to drive safely and allow plenty of time to get to your next destination. The start of the school year is an exciting time for students and parents. My police officers are committed to ensuring the safety and security of your children, their schools, and their school bus drivers.
If you have questions, please contact our office at (425) 888-3333.
Steven D. McCulley
Snoqualmie Chief of Police