Monday begins a new year - school year, that is.
Schools in the greater Prescott area will be back in session. This includes, but is not limited to, the Prescott, Humboldt and Chino Valley unified school districts.
Drivers will see the proof each morning and afternoon:
Children walking to or riding bicycles to school.
Children waiting on the roadside or corner for the bus.
School buses resuming their routes.
Children in crosswalks ... or not.
Law enforcement authorities remind us that drivers need to be aware of the school year going back into session, and allow a little extra time and patience for the children and their buses.
Also, in marked school zones, the speed limit is 15 mph - and all officers follow a "zero tolerance" policy for speeding in school zones. The proof is in the fine: $455, according to the Prescott Police Department. In addition, drivers may not pass another vehicle in a school zone and, if a child is in the crosswalk, you must remain stopped until the child is completely out of the crosswalk, not just out of your half of the roadway.
The attention to buses includes drivers stopping for school buses that are loading or unloading passengers. Drivers in both directions must stop for a school bus, unless they are on the opposite side of a divided highway that a raised median separates.
Drive alert and safely to help keep our children safe as they return to school.