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Tigard Police Department

School Safety

Your Assignment: Watch for Children, Slow Down For Safety
Back to school time is an adjustment for everyone. Not only do students need to readjust to a more structured schedule, but motorists need to pay special attention to increased pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular traffic. It seems everything around us gets busier in September.

Remember to watch carefully for signs identifying school speed zones. In Oregon, certain school zone speed limits are enforced when school is in session. In Tigard, several school speed zones are identified when a flashing yellow light is activated. Therefore it is vital to pay close attention so you know when school speed limits are in effect.

Pay particular attention to school buses when they are loading or unloading children. Oregon law requires motorists to stop for flashing red lights on school buses. The Tigard Police Department works in partnership with the school bus transportation companies. School bus drivers report violations to the police.

While safety going to and from school is important, it is equally essential that children practice safety skills in the home. In homes with working parents, often children return from school to no adult supervision.

The department recommends that parents speak to their children regarding best safety practices when they are home alone. Consider setting rules with clear expectations.

I CAN DO THIS TNOccasionally, the department offers a safety training class for children who remain home unsupervised. Be sure to visit our website often to learn when the next session may be offered.

Remember, you will be tested.

Safe Routes to School
We are pursuing a Safe Routes to School program at the six Tigard schools.  Learn more here.
Watch for Children and Slow Down For Safety
Watch carefully for signs identifying school speed zones. In Oregon, certain school zone speed limits are enforced when school is in session; however, several school speed zones in Tigard are identified when a flashing yellow light is activated. Although it’s always a good idea to drive carefully near schools, it is vital that motorists know and obey school speed limits when they are in effect.

Pay particular attention to school buses loading or unloading children. Oregon law requires motorists stop for flashing red lights on school buses. Tigard Police have partnered with school bus transportation companies to receive bus driver reports of vehicles that do not stop when red lights flash.

For further information, please contact Tigard's Public Information Officer Jim Wolf at 503-718-2561 during normal business hours.

Bottom line, common sense approach, when you pass through a school zone —SLOW DOWN. We actively and strictly enforce the school zone speed limit in Tigard.

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