Cary PD on the Prowl as Back to School is in Session

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  • Published date: September 25, 2015 11:39
    • Cary, North Carolina, United States

Bliss Real Estate is thrilled for all of our kids to go back to school, but we also want to help reinforce safety in our local community.

Be a good neighbor and drive safe!

Cary PD Advises Drivers to Review the Rules of the Road Before Heading Out Monday Morning

Expect police presence in school zones, crosswalks August 25-September 5

CARY, NC -- School bells will soon be ringing all throughout Cary, and Town of Cary Police are taking to the streets to remind everyone to safely share the road with buses, cyclists and pedestrians. From August 25-September 5, the Town will conduct its annual School's In, Speed's Out traffic safety campaign to reinforce safe school zone practices. Each school day during the campaign, the Town's Traffic Safety Team will monitor school zones in Cary, rotating zones according to the beginning and end times for each school. Both mornings and afternoons will be monitored. Drivers should expect to see an increased presence near all schools within Town limits.
Last year's campaign resulted in 187 traffic stops that yielded 198 citations, 118 of which were for speeding in school zones.

Additionally, in support of the State's Watch for Me NC campaign, within the same time frame of School's In, Speed's Out, officers will conduct undercover pedestrian operations in various business, residential and school zone areas. These operations are designed to ensure drivers are yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks, and those traveling by foot are using crosswalks. A recent six-hour operation in the same areas yielded nine failure to yield right of way to pedestrians in a crosswalk violations, three speeding violations, six improper passing violations and eight seat belt violations.
"New routines and additional traffic can make for a hectic morning, and adding a crash to the mix won't make it any better, so whether by foot, pedal, or car, please keep your eyes on the road so we can all arrive safely where and when we need to be there" said Lt. Steve Wilkins, Town of Cary Traffic Safety Team.

To safely share the road with buses, drivers should always stop when behind a bus with its crossing arm extended. Drivers must stop when facing the bus if on a two-lane road, two-lane road with center lane, or four-lane road without a median separation. More specific information on the North Carolina School Bus Stop law can be found at www.ncbussafety.org. To further promote traffic safety, pedestrians are reminded to use sidewalks when possible and walk facing traffic. Bicyclists should wear light-colored or reflective clothing, ride with traffic, and obey all signals and signs as if driving a motor vehicle. Cyclists under 16 years of age are required by law to wear a helmet; helmets are encouraged for adults.

"School's In, Speed's Out" is just one of many safety initiatives the Town has implemented to promote street safety. Throughout the year the Town participates in "Booze It & Lose It," "Click It or Ticket," "No Need 2 Speed," "Watch for Me NC," and various child passenger safety initiatives.

Drivers who witness unsafe driving within Cary Town limits are encouraged to report it to the Town's Road Watch Hotline at (919) 319-4521.
To learn more about the Town of Cary's Traffic Safety Team, visit the Police Department at www.townofcary.org or call (919) 469-4338. For real-time traffic updates, go to wink.townofcary.org and follow the Town of Cary on Twitter @TOC_Traffic.

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PRIMARY CONTACTS:
Lt. Steve Wilkins, Traffic Safety Team, (919) 469-4338
Deanna Boone, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 462-3908
Susan Moran, Public Information Director, (919) 380-4240


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