Cary PD Boosts School Zone Patrols as Part of School’s In/Speed’s Out Campaign
- The Town of Cary Police Department’s annual School’s In/Speed’s Out campaign runs weekdays now through September 8.
- Drivers should expect to see an increased presence near all schools within Town limits as the Town’s Traffic Safety Team rotates between schools zones at the beginning and end of each school day.
- The annual awareness campaign aims to help drivers, cyclists and pedestrians all safely share the street.
Cary, NC – It’s time to return to school in Cary, and the Town’s Police Department will be stationed in school zones this week and next to ensure our kids make it safely to class. From August 28-September 8, the Town will host its annual School’s In, Speed’s Out traffic safety campaign to reinforce safe school zone practices. Each school day during the campaign, the Town’s Traffic Safety Team will monitor school zones in Cary, rotating zones according to the beginning and end times for each school. Both mornings and afternoons will be monitored. Drivers should expect to see an increased presence near all schools within Town limits.
To safely share the road with buses, drivers should always stop when behind a bus with its crossing arm extended. Drivers must stop when facing the bus if on a two-lane street, two-lane street with center lane, or four-lane street without a median separation. More specific information on the North Carolina School Bus Stop law can be found at www.ncbussafety.org.
“At back-to-school time, it’s not just about buses and drivers. In support of the State’s Watch for Me NC Campaign, we’ll conduct undercover pedestrian operations in various business, residential and school zone areas designed to ensure drivers are yielding to pedestrians in crosswalks, and that those traveling by foot are using crosswalks as available,” said Lt. Tom Stewart with the Town of Cary’s Traffic Safety Team.
Pedestrians are reminded to use sidewalks when possible and if in the road to walk facing traffic. Bicyclists should wear light-colored or reflective clothing, ride with traffic, and obey all signals and signs as if driving a motor vehicle. Cyclists under 16 years of age are required by law to wear a helmet; helmets are encouraged for adults.
“As a reminder, anyone witness to unsafe driving conditions within Cary Town limits should report it to the Town’s Road Watch Hotline at (919) 319-4521,” said Stewart. Callers will be asked to leave a message and include as much information as possible, including time of day, location of incident, make/model/color of vehicles involved, and all/part of license plate tags, if possible.
“School’s In, Speed’s Out” is just one of many safety initiatives the Town has implemented to promote street safety. Throughout the year the Town participates in “Booze It & Lose It,” “Click It or Ticket,” “No Need 2 Speed,” “Watch for Me NC,” and various child passenger safety initiatives.
To learn more about the Town of Cary’s Traffic Safety Team, visit the Police Department section at www.townofcary.org or call (919) 469-4338. For real-time traffic updates, visit “Alerts and Closures” at www.townofcary.org, follow the Town of Cary on Twitter @TOC_Traffic and navigate via the Waze app on your smartphone.
Lt. Tom Stewart, Traffic Safety Team, (919) 469-4338
Carrie Roman, Public Information Specialist, (919) 481-5091
Deanna Hawkes, Deputy Public Information Officer, (919) 380-4240