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Adel Police Department encourages back-to-school safety

August 18 first day of school for Adel-DeSoto-Minburn school district

With the start of school just around the corner on August 18, Adel-DeSoto-Minburn School Resource Officer Monte Keller reminds both drivers and students to be cautious of one another when traveling to and from school.

Officer Keller suggests to parents who have kids that walk to school, remind them of pedestrian safety such as using sidewalks, designated cross walks and the buddy system when walking to school with friends and siblings. Students riding bikes should observe and obey the traffic signs when traveling to and from school.

For those who drive, Keller advises to keep an extra eye out for students on bikes or on foot. A stop sign will be in place at 14th and Greene Street before and after school hours to keep traffic better controlled during those crucial times.

Aditionally, the flashing yellow lights on Highway 169 in front of the A-D-M High School serve as a warning to drivers to slow down to 35 mph between the signs in this area. These lights are on before and after school when there is a higher flow of traffic.

Drivers need to be cautious when approaching the pedestrian crosswalk near the 600 block of Nile Kinnick Drive South. The A-D-M School District will have a crossing guard at this location before school from 7:45 a.m. until approximately 8:05 a.m. and after school from 3:35 p.m. until 3:45 p.m. to assist with students crossing Nile Kinnick Drive.

Keller reminds drivers to be cautious around school buses who may be picking up or unloading students. When the red stop sign is extended on the bus and the red lights are flashing it is unlawful to pass the bus from either direction. The consequences for passing a school bus during the above conditions have changed as of August 15, 2012. A court appearance is required for school bus violations. For a first offense, the person is guilty of a simple misdemeanore punishable by a fine of at least $250 but no more than $675. The Iowa DOT will additionally impose a 30-day license suspension for the first offense.

The Adel Police Department will be aggressively patrolling near the school zones to ensure that drivers are obeying these laws.

For more information, contact Officer Keller at 515-993-6723.

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