SOMERVILLE, NJ - The end of summer vacation signals a new season for drivers.... back to school.

Whether you have children in school or are an empty nester, kids seem to be everywhere in Somerville. That means drivers need to be extra careful and attentive as children - and some adults - dart out from between parked cars or jaywalk against a red light, according to Granville Brady, Borough Council president.

The borough has three schools - Van Derveer Elementary, grades K-5; Somerville Middle School, grades 6-8 and Somerville High School, grades 9-12.

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Motorists driving near Van Derveer School on Route 28 must obey crossing guards and slow down near the school, Brady cautioned.

"The speed limit of 25 miles per hour will be strictly enforced by police," Brady said. "They won't issue warnings this time. Drivers on Union Avenue (Route 28) should allow a little extra time in the morning."

Safe driving is not an option in Somerville, Brady added.

"Drivers need to be alert at all times and slow down. Above all, put the cell phone down while driving. Remember that a 50-pound child is no match for a 4,000 lb. SUV." 

Parents are invited to participate in the popular "Chalk the Walk" tradition at Van Derveer School and Somerville Middle School in the early evening of Sept. 4th beginning at 5:30 p.m. to write messages of encouragement and support to their children on the walkways leading into the schools. Older siblings, teachers - and principals - are also expected to participate.