City and stickman say, "Don't compete. Share the street."

Slow down in school zones, and yield to students crossing the street

Julie Happy, Communications Manager, Business and Developer Services, 509.625.7773

Friday, August 30, 2013 at 1:10 p.m.

Students have headed back to school. The regular routines from school provide a break after the busy summer season, but they also can bring increased worry about children’s safety, too. Mayor David Condon has proclaimed September Back to School month and is partnering with the community on education and student safety issues this month.

The City, along with Stickman Knows, is asking for your help to keep our children safe. Slow down around schools and look out for children crossing the street. Don’t compete. Share the street.

Most vehicle-pedestrian collisions occur in crosswalks, marked or unmarked. By following the rules of the road, we can prevent most collisions. Motorists: drive 20 miles per hour in school zones and stop for children at crosswalks. Pedestrians: cross the street on a “Walk” signal, and if there isn’t a signal look left, right, and left again before crossing at marked crosswalks or intersections.

Law enforcement officers will be keeping an eye out for people not following the rules of the road and may issue an infraction or ticket. Tickets can run from $56 for not crossing the street at a crosswalk up to $124 for a motorist failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

Let’s keep everyone safe by keeping our eyes open and following the rules for safety. For more rules to live by, visit