DES urges safety for keiki returning to school

| July 22, 2016 | 0 Comments
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Col. Shannon M. Lucas
Director, Emergency Services
U.S. Army Garrison-Hawaii, and
Commander, 8th Military Police Brigade,
8th Theater Sustainment Command

 

In a few short weeks summer will be over and school will be back in session. The first day of school for the four on-post schools is Aug. 1.

According to the National Safe Routes to School Program, more children are hit by cars near schools than at any other location. What can we do as a community to prevent this from happening?

 

Slow down

Speed limits near schools are 15 mph from the drop off period until all children are safely picked up at the schools. Please be aware of this and ensure that you are traveling at a safe speed. We have challenges, especially near Hale Kula School, with drop off occurring at the same time and location of Soldiers trying to return home following morning PT.

 

Children walking and riding bicycles

If you children are walking or riding bicycles to school unaccompanied, ensure they are old enough and mature enough to safely get to and from the school. According to Policy Memorandum USAG-HI-34, children under the age of 10 cannot walk to school alone. Also, ensure children are using crosswalks and walking/riding on the sidewalk when one is provided.

 

Dropping your children off

Please ensure that you drop off only at designated drop off location and park in designated parking stalls. Stopping and parking in non-designated areas may block visibility of other children and vehicles. If you are dropping your children off in front of the school, ensure they exit the vehicle on the right side to avoid walking in the roadway.

The main safety concern during drop off and pick up times is near the schools but children may also be seen riding their bicycles and walking within our neighborhoods and some main roads such as Lyman Road. Please be aware while you are driving during these times, stay off your cell phone and watch your speed. The traffic patterns on the installation will change when school is in session. Allow more time for increased traffic and watch out for our children.

 

Directorate of Emergency Services

For more information on the services and the personnel who support this community, visit www.garrison.hawaii.army.mil/des/default.htm.

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