The original item was published from August 16, 2019 12:43 PM to July 31, 2020 12:00 AM
The beginning of the school year is quickly upon us, and the Geneva Police Department wants to assure it begins on the right foot as it relates to the safety of our students, school staff and residents.
With many Geneva students walking to school, it is important to remember the school zone speed limit is 20 mph when children are present. Drivers also should take note that it is illegal to use a cell phone while in a school zone.
The start of the school also means the return of bus traffic. As a reminder, motorists are required by law to stop for a school bus that has its red lights flashing and stop arm extended. People should be prepared to stop when driving next to a school bus. We certainly do not want to have a child struck by a vehicle or a school bus involved in an accident.
Our children are one of our most precious commodities. When classes do resume, residents will notice an increased police presence in and around our schools. Officers will be looking for violations as described above as well as failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.
The Police Department encourages everyone to keep these safety tips at the forefront of their mind so the 2019-20 school year is a safe one for the Geneva community as a whole.
Geneva Police Chief