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School Bells Ring Again Next Week

posted Aug 19, 2013, 10:56 AM by Kimberly Otero   [ updated Apr 1, 2014, 2:35 PM by Tyson Kennedy ]

The Mesquite Police Department (MPD) reminds motorists, the children will be returning to area schools on Monday, August 26th. Drivers need to be attentive and cautious of children crossing roadways and riding their bikes to school.

The two crosswalks, which have the largest concentration of elementary students, are located at Mesquite Boulevard and Arrowhead Lane intersection, as well as the Sandhill Boulevard and Old Mill Road intersection. Additionally, there are two crossings on Hafen Lane near Hughes middle school for students who attend the middle school. MPD School Resource Officer (SRO) Darin Wilkins said, “The two crossings on Hafen Lane are particularly busy at around 2:00 p.m., when the middle school students are released at the end of the day.”

At each of the designated crossings, there are yellow flashing warning lights alerting motorists they are near a school crossing and children may be present. The flashing lights will operate at school crossing times (from 7:45 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. & from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.) weekdays during the school year.

SRO Wilkins aims a stern warning to motorists, “It is crucial the motoring public be alert and operate their vehicle in a safe manner. Being distracted by a cell phone or anything else in your car, combined with unpredictable children at crossings, can easily lead to a deadly outcome.”

Police ask parents to remind their children to look both ways before crossing the street. Explain to your children to try and make eye contact with the driver before stepping into the street. For more safety tips for school children traveling to school, visit the Mesquite, NV Police Facebook page.