Kent State University students have returned and Kent City Schools start Wednesday, Aug. 27. I would like to offer a few reminders to drivers in the Kent area to help ensure a safe start to the school year.
n School zones will become active again. Kent police officers strictly enforce speed in the school zones, which are 20 mph when flashing.
n Stop for yellow school buses loading or discharging students with their lights activated upon approaching from either direction. (On roads with four or more lanes, stopping is only necessary when approaching in the same direction the bus is headed)
n Pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks, however, no pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a vehicle.
Dropping off and picking up children from schools can be hectic. Please leave plenty of time to accomplish this task and have patience.
There will be an increase in vehicular and pedestrian traffic as the school year begins. Some new KSU students are not from the area (many are not even from the United States.) Allow for extra time when traveling through Kent. Be very careful about increased pedestrians in the campus area and the areas around Kent City Schools.
Thank you for contributing to a safe school year.
Lieutenant Jim Prusha,
Kent Police Department