Recent tragic events underscore the importance of safety awareness for both pedestrians and vehicle drivers, especially around bus stops and school zones. The Prescott Valley Police Chief, Bryan Jarrell, would like to emphasize the following:
Drivers are reminded of the importance of coming to a full stop around school buses displaying flashing red lights. This is the time of heightened danger as students who are not directly in the loading zone of a stopped bus may be tempted to run toward or from that bus.
Drivers are also encouraged to drastically reduce speed anywhere vehicles are parked where children are present; children may emerge from behind vehicles or obstructions leaving no time for driver reaction or braking. Heightened awareness when the yellow lights on a school bus are lit is also appropriate. This also is a time where children may be tempted to run through an unsafe place.
Students are reminded of these same hazards. When playing around parked vehicles or when waiting for a bus, never run out from behind a car. Do not run to a school bus blindly; always look both ways when entering a roadway assuming that drivers do not see you.
These simple precautions will help avoid tragedies and keep everyone safe.
Should you observe unsafe traffic conditions, Chief Jarrell encourages you to contact your local law enforcement agency.
Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies. You may also contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.