Drivers cautioned about opening of 2007 school year
by Hawkins Teague
Aug 07, 2007 | 0 0 comments | 4 4 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Employees of Trigg County schools and the Kentucky Department of Highways are reminding drivers to be aware of their surroundings as school buses roll out onto the streets this week.

Keith Todd, the public information officer for districts one and two of KDH, said that there are many drivers in the state who do not have children of their own and forget that summer vacation is over and school is back in session. Part of the reason for this is that school starts so much earlier than it used to and seems to start earlier every year. Todd said that drivers need to be aware of flashing lights on buses and in school speed zones warning them to slow down, as well as children on the side of the road waiting in the morning.

Todd said drivers should also be aware that August can have a lot of foggy mornings, making it harder for them to spot children. He said police across Kentucky would be enforcing traffic laws near schools in the coming weeks. He said that 600,000 of Kentucky’s four million residents are students who attend public school and that a roughly equal number of parents would be taking their children to bus stops or driving them to school.

“(The start of school) affects about a quarter of Kentucky’s population,” Todd said. “It changes the traffic flow in a lot of intersections.”

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