Port Orchard PD urges drivers to pay attention as kids start school

With students going back to school, Port Orchard Police Department Chief Alan Townsend said his officers will be stepping up enforcement of traffic laws this month.

“In an effort to ensure the safety of our kids that walk to school or use the school bus stops around the city, we will be adding additional traffic enforcement and education patrols through the entire month of September,” Townsend said.

The locations and times of the patrols will be random, but Townsend said the focus will be on “daylight hours.”

The areas of enforcement will include not just those near schools, but residential areas and arterial streets as well, and officers will be looking for violations of all sorts: speed, stop signs, traffic signals, crosswalks, cell phone use, seatbelts, use of turn signals and other traffic safety issues.

“I publicize this city-wide with the hope that through awareness and voluntary compliance we will make our streets safer without the tool of additional enforcement,” Townsend said. “For all others, they may be reminded by the flashing lights in the rearview mirror. So, be careful driving, slow down a bit, and please be cognizant of our children starting back to school.”

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