Cary PD Reminds Drivers School’s In, Slow Down
- From August 26 through September 6, the Town will host its annual School’s In, Speed’s Out traffic safety campaign.
- Drivers should expect to see more Cary police patrols near all schools within town limits.
- Officers will also monitor crosswalks to ensure drivers are yielding to pedestrians, and that those traveling by foot are using crosswalks as available.
Cary, NC – It’s time for students to return to school and Cary police officers will be stationed in school zones this week and next to ensure kids make it safely to class. From August 26 through September 6, the Town will host its annual School’s In, Speed’s Out traffic safety campaign, held at the start of the traditional school year to reinforce safe school zone practices. Each school day during the campaign, the 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.
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 street, two-lane street with center lane, or four-lane street without a median separation. More specific information on the North Carolina School Bus Stop law can be found at www.ncbussafety.org.
“Each year the Cary Police Department focuses on high visibility in school zones to remind drivers to slow down and use caution now that school is back in session,” said Lt. Tom Stewart with the Town of Cary’s Traffic Safety Team. “And it’s not just about buses and drivers. In support of the State’s Watch for Me NC Campaign, we’ll conduct undercover pedestrian operations in various business, residential and school zone areas to ensure drivers are yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks, and that those traveling by foot are using crosswalks as available.”
Pedestrians are reminded to use sidewalks when possible, and if in the street, to 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.
“Anyone who witnesses unsafe driving conditions within Cary town limits should report it to the Town’s Road Watch Hotline at (919) 319-4521,” said Stewart. Callers will be asked to leave a message and include as much information as possible, including time of day, location of incident, make/model/color of vehicles involved, and all/part of license plate tags, if possible.
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.
To learn more about traffic safety, visit www.townofcary.org or call (919) 469-4338. For real-time traffic updates, follow the Town of Cary on Twitter @TOC_Traffic and navigate via the Waze app on your smartphone.
Lt. Tom Stewart, Traffic Safety Team, (919) 469-4338
Deanna Hawkes, Public Safety Communications, (919) 380-4240