Pulaski County – For many students, the first few weeks of heading back to school is exciting, but for the thousands of parents expected to drive them starting Monday, dealing with traffic overshadows the big day.
Law enforcement throughout the state will hold up and direct traffic starting Monday, especially at schools with high traffic issues.
Lieutenant Theodore Hasse with the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department said the most common complaint he got from parents was about speeding pass school zones and school buses.
“People that are in a hurry to get back and forth to work and don’t let people out at the appropriate times.”
Lt. Hasse said people should expect their morning commutes to be 10 to 20 minutes longer. He suggested they wake up and leave early to avoid being late.
This was the same advice Francis Whitemore had for parents taking their kids to school for the first time. Whitemore, a mother of five, said the worst part about heading back to school was getting stuck in traffic.
“Everybody going to school, everybody dropping their kids off, times are different for everybody—allowing for more time and then getting more time to get to work,” Whitemore continued. “It’s always backed up.”
Other parents, like Nicole Flemister, suggested having a system. She said her husband helps with getting their kids ready.
“He usually tackles breakfast and I try to get the kids dressed.”
Lt. Hasse also strongly advised drivers to keep an eye out for children who may be crossing the street.
“Make sure you’re using extra caution because the kids aren’t paying as much attention as the driver should be,” he said.
It is important to remember to stop when a school bus has its stop sign displayed unless you are an opposite lane with a median divider. The speed limits in school zones vary, but are slower than what is posted when kids are not present.
Law enforcement reminded people that fine amounts often double in school zone areas.