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Denver police urge drivers to be careful as school year starts this week

Posted at 6:19 PM, Aug 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-18 20:22:51-04

DENVER — It's back to school time for Denver Public School kids. Monday they head back to class.

Denver Police are urging drivers to be extra careful as they'll be out making sure everyone is safe in school zones as the school year gets underway.

They have tips for drivers that are pretty simple to follow:

  • Slow down and obey the speed limits
  • Be alert for children
  • Obey the crossing guards
  • Don't pass other cars in school zones
  • Stop for school buses
  • Do not change lanes or make U-turns in school zones
  • They also want parents to make sure their kids know to be mindful of their surroundings so they can avoid any accidents.

"Drop your child off someplace safe. Never drop your child off mid-block. Never encourage them to cross mid-block. That's where we see a lot of accidents. Drivers are at maximum speed," DPD Officer Kurt Barnes said.

Police say they hope extra awareness will lead to a safe and educational school year.