The Enid News and Eagle, Enid, OK

Featured Story

August 14, 2013

Be aware: Most Garfield County schools back in session today

Garfield County Sheriff Jerry Niles is encouraging county residents to be more aware and safer on the roads as county schools return to session.

Most county schools that did not begin Wednesday begin today, and motorists need to be aware of those students returning to classes in the morning and, in turn, returning home in the afternoons.

“They need to be slowing down in school zones and if they see children walking on the roadway, be aware they may not be paying attention to the motoring public,” Niles said. “With the weather as nice as it is, we have a lot of children walking to and from school.”

Niles said county towns will have their police forces out as students return to class, and deputies will be monitoring schools, as well.

“We’ll have officers out checking everyone is safe,” he said.

The sheriff had tips for students and motorists alike to avoid any incidents on the roads near schools.

“Motorists need to make sure they have their headlights on in the morning, especially if it is before sunrise,” he said. “Having your headlights on is an extra measure of safety.”

Niles said children should be walking against traffic, but riding bicycles with traffic.

“The best thing is to walk on the side and out of the flow of traffic,” Niles said. He said if a sidewalk is available on a road, pedestrians need to be using it.

“If they are walking on a street with no sidewalks, they need to walk on the easement,” he said.

Niles also warned motorists there are higher penalties for traffic infractions committed in school zones, just like construction zones.

“That’s not only for speeding infractions,” he said. “That’s for any infraction that occurs in those zones.”

He also reminded motorists they are required to stop for buses that are loading or unloading students, and that have their stop signs extended and red lights flashing.

“Anything that appears suspicious, please report that to your local law enforcement agency,” he said.

Text Only
Featured Story
Featured Ads
AP Video
SKorea Ferry Toll Hits 156, Search Gets Tougher Video Shows Possible Syrian Gas Attack Cubs Superfans Celebrate Wrigley's 100th Raw: Cattle Truck Overturns in Texas Admirers Flock to Dole During Kansas Homecoming Raw: Erupting Volcanoes in Guatemala and Peru Alibaba IPO Could Be Largest Ever for Tech Firm FBI Joining Probe of Suburban NY 'Swatting' Call U.S. Paratroopers in Poland, Amid Ukraine Crisis US Reviews Clemency for Certain Inmates Raw: Violence Erupts in Rio Near Olympic Venue Raw: Deadly Bombing in Egypt Raw: What's Inside a Commercial Jet Wheel Well Raw: Obama Arrives in Japan for State Visit Raw: Anti-Obama Activists Fight Manila Police Motels Near Disney Fighting Homeless Problem Michigan Man Sees Thanks to 'bionic Eye' S.C. Man Apologizes for Naked Walk in Wal-Mart Chief Mate: Crew Told to Escape After Passengers
NDN Video
Michael Strahan's First Day on "GMA" Amazon's Deal With HBO Leapfrogs Streaming Rivals Stephen Colbert Tells David Letterman His Plan for 'Late Show' Georgetown police officer filmed tripping students Viral: It's Not Pitbull - It's Amy Poehler! Recycling Highlights for Earth Day Lupita Nyong'o Named People's 'Most Beautiful' Peeps Launched into Outer Space NYPD's Twitter Request For Photos Backfires New HBO Go Commercials Capture Awkward Family TV Watching Raw: Leopard Bites Man in India Rise of the Milkbots Jenna Dewan-Tatum Strips Down TRENDING: Brian Williams Raps 'Gin and Juice' on ‘Tonight Show’ Middle School heroes rescue students from burning bus WHOPPER OF FISHING STORY: Florida man catches massive Mako shark Maks Chmerkovskiy's "DWTS" Meltdown The many faces of Mike Woodson Ape Builds A Fire And Toasts Marshmallows In Amazing BBC Video Manchester Utd sack manager David Moyes
House Ads