BACK TO SCHOOL SAFETY
The kids are back to school, and the Fond du Lac Police Department is reminding motorists to slow down and pay attention to their surroundings while driving. Motorists are asked to pay extra attention around schools. Children are often excited with the start of a new a new school year and may not be paying close attention to traffic.
Parents should take the time to familiarize themselves with school safety zones before dropping off or picking up their children at their schools. There is no parking, stopping or standing in these safety zones.
Please obey the school crossing guards that are there to help students cross streets safely. A fine of $106.40 and 3 demerit points can be issued to motorists that fail to obey a crossing guard.
Motorists are also reminded that when approaching a school bus from either direction that is displaying flashing red lights and stop sign extended, the motorists must stop at least 20 feet away from the bus. Bus drivers do report these violations to the police and citations are issued. Citations for failure to stop for a school bus can range from $240 to $326.50 fine and 4 demerit points.
Please follow these safety tips and help us in Making Fond du Lac a Safe Place to Live, Learn, Work and Play.
School Safety Zone Speed Restrictions
For the month of September, the City of Fond du Lac Police Department’s Law of the Month will be School Safety Zone Speed Restrictions. With all schools being back in session as of Tuesday September 2, 2014, we would like to encourage everyone to drive safe in our school safety zones.
According to Wisconsin State Statute (346.57 (4)(a), “…no person shall drive a vehicle at a speed in excess of the following limits unless different limits are indicated by official sign”:
(a) FIFTEEN miles per hour when passing a school house at those times when children are going to and from school or are playing within the sidewalk area at or about the school.
(b) FIFTEEN miles per hour when passing an intersection properly marked with a “School Crossing” sign of a type approved by the department when children are present.
Penalties for this range from $106.40 up to $308.00 and 3 demerit points up to 6 demerit points.
Schools open, please drive slow.
DRIVE SOBER or GET PULLED OVER
Over Labor Day weekend, the City of Fond du Lac Police Department and Police Agencies from the Fond du Lac County Sheriff’s Office, Village of North Fond du Lac, City of Ripon, City of Waupun, Village of Rosendale, Village of Oakfield, Town of Ripon, Village of Campbellsport, Village of Brandon-Fairwater and the Wisconsin State Patrol will be out in force throughout Fond du Lac County during a coordinated effort “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over.”
"Enforcement and educational efforts to combat drunken driving, like the 'Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over' campaign, are helping to reduce deaths and injuries," says David Pabst, director of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Bureau of Transportation Safety.
WisDOT has updated and added new features to its free "Zero In Wisconsin Drive Sober" mobile app. This app includes a find-a-ride feature that uses a smart phone’s GPS system to locate alternative transportation, a blood alcohol estimator, designated driver selector, and interactive games to help determine whether someone should give up their car keys.
Officers, Deputies and Troopers will be out in force over the Labor Day weekend taking enforcement action on drunken drivers, underage consumption of alcohol, social hosting, dangerous driving and seat belt violations. Everyone has a role in keeping our roads safe — and that means never getting behind the wheel impaired. Always plan for a ride before you drink, and make sure your friends do the same. Every day, almost 30 people in the United States die in motor vehicle crashes that involve an alcohol impaired driver. This amounts to one death every 48 minutes.
Law Enforcement, working in conjunction the Drug Free Communities of Fond du Lac County can continue to bring us closer to the goal of “Zero in Wisconsin”.