North Platte Police Department provides back to school safety tips

Published: Aug. 13, 2020 at 5:43 PM CDT
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NORTH PLATTE, Neb. (KNOP) - More than 4,000 students and staff at North Platte Public Schools will be returning to class for the first time since March. With school back in session, drivers will be asked to be extra careful while on the road.

The North Platte Police Department said they will be on close watch to ensure kids get to and from school safely.

“Usually in the fall and in the spring you get a lot of bike riders and a lot of walkers,” said Public Information Officer Matt Elder.

With the added traffic on the streets, police strongly suggest drivers slow down and stay aware of children at every turn.

“If you are driving around a school, if you’re dropping your kid off or picking them up, just use an abundance of caution just in case a kid does dart out from behind a car,” Elder said.

As parents anticipate the upcoming school year with uncertainty, school district officials assure them they are prepared.

“We’ve taken the position that it is all about mindset,” said North Platte Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Ron Hanson. “If you talk to parents they are anxious, but they know what is best. We set two objectives in mind and that is, to keep students and staff safe and to keep our school reopened.”

Police also want to remind drivers the speed limit in school zones is 15 mph unless posted otherwise. Fines for speeding are doubled in these zones.

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