School’s Open, Drive Carefully

The Port Jervis City Police Department is urging parents to teach their children some simple safety tips before they head back to school.  On Thursday, September 4, 2014, hundreds of children will be walking to and from school and school bus stops, many for the first time.  Everyone who drives has a responsibility to be especially careful during this busy time of the year for our young students.

Hundreds of children are killed each year in collisions with motor vehicles and thousands more are severely injured.  Children tend to be at greater risk during the back-to-school period because they tend to be thinking more about seeing old friends and new teachers than watching for cars and trucks.  In addition, many children are nervous and are attending school for the first time.

To help protect children, parents and adults are urged to educate our students with the following pedestrian safety tips provided by the AAA of New York:

  • Look all ways before crossing street.
  • Cross only at corners and crosswalks.
  • Obey police officers, school crossing guards and traffic signals.
  • The City’s dedicated staff of School Crossing Guards are located each morning (8am-9am) and afternoon (3pm-4pm) at the intersections of Culvert St./ Kingston Ave, Hamilton St/Kingston Ave and Kingston Ave/East Main St.  In addition, a school crossing guard is located at the Port Jervis Middle School from 7am-7:30am and 2pm-2:30pm.
  • Watch for turning cars.
  • Be especially alert in bad weather.
  • Do not run or play near traffic.

Additional Port Jervis City Police Officers will be deployed throughout the next several weeks to strictly enforce vehicle and traffic safety laws pertaining to speeding in school zones, yielding to pedestrian’s in crosswalks, and insuring that motor vehicles are stopping for school buses when loading and discharging children.

These added patrols are financed through grant money provided by the New York State Governor’s Traffic Safety Committee’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Program  (PTS) Police Traffic Services Grant designed to improve pedestrian and motorist safety and reduce traffic related accidents.

Remember..if you see something..say something!