ARLINGTON, VA – As the 2017-2018 school year begins, the Arlington County Police Department is committed to ensuring the safety of the students, bicyclists and motorists in our neighborhoods. Officers will be conducting high visibility traffic enforcement in and around the school zones throughout Arlington County starting on Tuesday, September 5, 2017.
Drivers are reminded to;
- Obey speed limits which may change during school zone times.
- Avoid distracted driving and keep your attention on the road.
- Watch for students walking and riding bikes to school.
- Don’t pass a stopped school bus loading or unloading passengers.
- On a two-lane road, vehicles traveling in both directions must stop.
- On a multi-lane paved across road, vehicles traveling in both directions must stop.
- On a divided highway, vehicles behind the bust must stop. Vehicles traveling in the opposite direction may proceed with caution.
- Have all vehicle occupants wear their seat belts.
Students, bicyclists, and pedestrians are reminded to;
- Cross the street at marked crosswalks and never against a red light.
- Look before you cross and follow the direction of school crossing guards.
- Always walk on designated sidewalks or paths, never along the side of a road.
The safety and wellbeing of our students is a top priority of the Arlington County Police Department. As a precaution, back-to-school is an opportune time to remind students about important steps that can help keep them safe while out in the community.
- Ensure students know their address and phone number.
- Be aware of your surroundings.
- Whenever possible, walk or bike with another person. Stay in well-lit areas.
- Limit the use of devices that may distract you.
- Avoid engaging with or answering questions from strangers.
- If something occurs that makes you feel unsafe, report the incident immediately to an adult such as a parent, guardian, principal, teacher or school resource officer.
- Parents and guardians are encouraged to roleplay possible situations with students and discuss personal safety and awareness tips.
Chief Farr, Superintendent Murphy and Lieutenant Noack are reminding everyone to be safe as students prepare to head back to school. View their important safety message to the community.
Arlington County will have variable message boards placed along the roadways reminding citizens of the start of school and to drive safely. With a little prevention, all drivers, bicyclists, and pedestrians can arrive at their destinations in a timely and safe manner.