Today is the first day of classes for the Chadron and Crawford public schools with Hot Springs welcoming students back tomorrow, Gordon-Rushville on Thursday, and Oelrichs and Edgemont on Monday.
Law enforcement agencies are reminding drivers that the start of school means a lot more traffic – vehicles, bicycles, and pedestrians – as well as more new drivers, all requiring more awareness from everyone else..
Chadron police officer Derek Bauer is passing along some friendly reminders, starting with the obvious – be watchful and vigilant, especially at the time students will be going to and coming from school.
Nebraska law sets a speed limit of 15 mph in school zones during school hours, and requires vehicles to yield the right-of-way to pedestrians in crosswalks.
Bauer says giving yourself a little extra time to get to where you’re going and taking a second look before entering intersections also increases safety, as does always wearing your seat belt.
He calls on everyone to make this a safe, educational and enjoyable school year.