As school resumes, police urge drivers to take care

ADDISON COUNTY — Lt. Jeffery Danoski, commander of the Vermont State Police New Haven barracks, wants to remind the public that the schools in Addison County will begin the new school year on Wednesday, Aug. 30.
This will increase the morning and afternoon traffic and young student drivers will be traveling to and from school and related activities. Children will be walking to school along roads and making their way to bus stops.
“We remind the public to stop for school buses and to yield to pedestrians as they make their morning and afternoon commutes,” Danoski said in a press release. “Plan for a longer commute, drive responsibly, stay alert and help us keep Vermont Roads Safe for all.”
Troopers of the New Haven barracks will partner with local and county law enforcement in Addison County to have a uniformed presence in school zones during the first week of school and periodically during the school year. Police officials hope these efforts while working with school administrators, staff, parents and students will help reinforce the importance of driving safely and using seatbelts.
State police detectives in unmarked cruisers will be deployed to identify, stop and discourage distracted driving, which includes use of cell phones and other hand-held devices.
“During the school year we encourage the administrations to utilize our recourses to help in their efforts within the schools to promote safe driving habits,” Danoski said. “We would also like to be involved in the school driver education programs whenever possible. We encourage parents of student drivers to remind them to stay alert, wear their seatbelts and drive responsibly.”

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