Michele Anderson, Public Safety Communications Manager
Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at 2:17 p.m.
With the end of the school year and the warmer weather upon us, children and families will be in and around area parks and playgrounds more often. The Spokane Police Department is urging drivers to pay extra attention as they travel.
“The 20 mph speed limit signs are now in place throughout the city,” advises SPD Traffic Sergeant John Griffin. “Drivers should slow down around parks, splash pads, pools and libraries as speed limits are reduced for the summer.”
The 20 mph signs were installed at the following parks: Audubon, Hays, Comstock, A.M. Cannon, Chief Gary, Lincoln, Mission and Shadle.
Below are some important safety tips to follow:
Heads Up, Phones Down: Don’t Be Distracted. Put electronic devices down and be aware of your surroundings. Remember, the law prohibits drivers from holding electronic devices – including phones, tablets and other electronic gadgets – while behind the wheel.
Driver Safety: Motorists should slow down, use extra caution and watch for children and families walking on roadways, medians and curbs.
Pedestrian Safety: Go over pedestrian safety rules with kids before heading out. Be careful crossing streets and look both directions to make sure no cars are coming. Always use crosswalks and sidewalks. Where no sidewalk is present, stick close to the curb and walk facing the direction of traffic. Pedestrians should make eye contact with drivers before crossing the street. Individuals walking or using other wheeled transportation should wear bright, preferably reflective, clothing.