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Woodburn Police Department reminds residents of 20 mph school zone speed limit, other safety concerns

INDEPENDENT PHOTO: JULIA COMNES - The Woodburn Police Department is reminding residents to take note of school zone speed limits now that school is back in session.With school starting at all Woodburn-area public schools this week, the Woodburn Police Department is reminding residents to follow school zone speed limits and other traffic safety laws.

Classes began Sept. 5 for most students of the Woodburn School District and for all students of the St. Paul and Mount Angel school districts. Classes begin Sept. 6 for students in the Gervais and North Marion school districts.

The speed limit in a school zone is 20 mph. Make sure to take note of the instructions on each school zone sign, since speed limits are enforced at different times in different school zones. For example, school zones may require drivers to go 20 mph when a light is flashing, when children are present, or from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. on school days.

The Woodburn Police Department also reminds residents to talk with children about safety if the children will be traveling to school alone.

Please take a moment and talk with them about the rules and being safe. Also, remind them to be stay safe when approached by strangers and to tell their teacher and/or parent if a stranger approaches them on the way to or from school.

More safety tips from the Woodburn Police Department:

  • All occupants in a motor vehicle must properly use a child safety seat, booster seat or seat belt, which properly fits them in the seat being used.
  • Everyone who is under 16 years old must properly wear an approved bicycle helmet when operating a bicycle.
  • Vehicles must yield to a person in a marked or unmarked crosswalk. The driver must yield to the pedestrian when the pedestrian is in the same lane as the vehicle or a lane adjacent to the lane the vehicle is in. If the crosswalk has a pedestrian signal, a driver must wait until the pedestrian is more than six feet from the lane the vehicle is in.
  • When a school bus is stopped on a roadway with the red bus safety lights flashing, vehicles must stop, and remain stopped while the red bus safety lights are flashing, before reaching the school bus. This applies to any school bus that is on the same roadway as your vehicle, unless there is a physical barrier between you and the school bus.
  • Officers will focus on these and other safety violations beginning next week. If you would like more information please refer to the Oregon Driver Manual, available from any DMV office or online.

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