Slow down while driving, avoid distractions as school starts, MCSO says

Many schools start next week and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office District 6 – Queen Creek reminds residents to slow down, avoid distractions and obey posted signage.

A Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office deputy outside an area school.(Submitted photo)

“Everyone has a role to play in keeping Queen Creek safe, whether you have a child returning to school or you drive in the area of a school,” according to a release.

“By focusing on the road, obeying traffic laws and using common courtesy motorists can drive to arrive, keeping Queen Creek roadways and students safer,” it states.

Safety tips for motorists:

  • Avoid distractions including cell phones.
  • Take extra caution in school zones and slow down.
  • Be alert – children are often unpredictable.
  • It is illegal to pass a school bus that has its stop sign extended.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.

Safety tips for students:

  • Always walk on a sidewalk and use crosswalks.
  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Don’t listen to headphones while walking or riding a bike.
  • Never walk while texting.
  • Use the buddy system.
  • Never cross the street while using an electronic device, always look both ways.

If riding a bike:

  • Know the traffic rules – cyclists must follow the same rules as motorists.
  • Ride with the flow of traffic.
  • Always wear a helmet.

MCSO District 6 – Queen Creek is at 20727 E. Civic Parkway. In an emergency, call 9-1-1. To reach MCSO’s non-emergency number, call 602-876-1011.

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