PISCATAWAY, NJ – The new school year starts Wednesday, Sept. 6 and with the added presence of children and school buses on area roadways, the Piscataway Township Police Department remind motorists to be safe during their commutes around town.
In a Tuesday Facebook post, the police asked motorists to “help have an incident free school year” and to:
“Adjust your commute. Leave a little early for your destination. Be patient. Buses will be among the traffic woes tomorrow. Picking up our precious cargo, and dropping off. New and seasoned parents alike, driving their little ones to area schools may be uncertain where exactly to go or need a day or two to re-orientate the morning routine. Your patience will help their stress level.
“Speaking of buses...please heed the red flashing warning signals of a school bus that is stopped. That means you must stop. State law requires motorists to stop at least 25 feet away if he/she is traveling of a two lane road or a multi-lane highway where lanes are only separated by lines, or on a privately maintained road. When traveling on a dual lane highway, a motorist should slow to 10 mph if on the other side of a safety island or raised median.
“Keep your eyes on the little pedestrians walking to school while you’re motoring down the street. Make believe they are all your kids. Please obey the speed limits. Put your phone down. Your SnapChat feed can wait. Focus on the traffic and the road.
“Drivers should watch for students at crosswalks and obey the signals of our Crossing Guards and traffic control devices.
“Remember that neighborhood streets near our schools and school zones will experience an increase in both vehicular and pedestrian traffic. Be careful when driving in these areas and expect the unexpected.”
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