Decatur Police: Slow down for start of school

Posted by Dan Whisenhunt July 31, 2017

Pictures taken by Westchester parent Jennifer Belew of students walking to the school from Garden Lane. File photo, 2015

City Schools of Decatur and Atlanta Public Schools students return to classes tomorrow, Aug. 1, and police are warning commuters to slow their roll.

DeKalb County Schools will start on Aug. 7.

“There will be more traffic to include vehicles, buses and big and little pedestrians and cyclists on main roads and neighborhood streets,” Decatur Police Lt. Jennifer Ross said. “Please plan on allowing more time for your commute and please slow down and pay extra attention as excited students head back to class. We will have additional officers on duty in and around the school zones to remind everyone school is back in session.”

She said reduced speeds for school zones are indicated by flashing lights or signage with the times posted.

“Flashing lights are not required or posted for every school zone,” Ross said. “You must also obey the times indicated by signage posted for school zones.”

For more information about Decatur’s dismissal and crossing guard times and roads that are school speed zones, click here.

The city of Decatur also made a note about ongoing sidewalk construction that could impact trips to and from school.

“Due to ongoing GDOT HAWK beacon (High-Intensity Activated crosswalk beacon) crosswalk improvements on S. Candler Street between E. Davis Street and Bucher Drive, sidewalks are under construction northbound and southbound on this street,” the city announced via Facebook. “Pedestrians should use caution. Thank you in advance for your patience.”

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