September 03, 2013 22:07
The Portland Police Bureau and the City of Portland's Bureau of Transportation are partnering to keep Portland's students safe as they return to school on Wednesday, September 4, 2013.
To ensure student safety and increase awareness of the start of the school year, the Portland Police Bureau will be conducting high visibility patrols around all Portland schools as part of a "Back to School" safety campaign.
To support a safe trip to school, the Transportation Bureau's Safe Routes to School program will provide pedestrian and bicycle safety instruction to thousands of students at schools across the city beginning September 9 and continuing through the school year.
The goals of this partnership are to provide a positive and safe environment for our children to learn and travel to and from school and to provide a safe environment in and around the schools for students, parents, school staff and their neighbors for the start of the 2013-2014 school year.
Beginning this week, many young people will be walking and riding their bicycles to school. Congestion in school zones will increase, especially during the busy morning and afternoon drop-off and pickup times.
The Portland Police Bureau Youth Services Division, Traffic Division, Central Precinct, North Precinct, East Precinct and Gang Enforcement Team personnel will be providing a highly visible police presence in and around schools in the Parkrose, Reynolds, David Douglas, Centennial, and Portland Public School Districts. Dozens of officers, including Photo Radar Units, will be enforcing traffic laws in these zones to reduce the number of crashes in school zones and to create a safe environment for students returning to school.
There will be emphasis placed on traffic safety and traffic education for the students, bicyclists and drivers of motorized vehicles during the morning hours when students arrive at their schools and in the afternoon hours when the schools dismiss their students. Hours of enhanced patrol will vary but generally will be between 7:45 a.m. and 9:00 a.m. then again from 2:30 p.m. until 3:30 p.m.
In addition, the bureaus offer these safety tips:
* If you're driving, obey the 20 mph speed limit in school zones
* Be vigilant and courteous to children crossing the street.
* If you're a parent, consider walking or biking to school with your students where possible to reduce congestion, improve safety and provide young people with needed physical activity.
For more information on the Safe Routes to School program visit http://www.saferoutesportland.org
Portland Safe Routes to School is a partnership of the City of Portland, schools, neighborhoods, community organizations and agencies that advocates for and implements programs that make walking and biking around our neighborhoods and schools fun, easy, safe and healthy for all students and families while reducing our reliance on cars.
Sgt. Pete Simpson
Portland Police Bureau
1111 SW 2nd Ave, Suite 1526
Portland, Oregon 97204