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Casper Police Department reminds residents to keep an eye on the road for first day of school

Published: Aug. 31, 2021 at 5:22 PM CDT
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CASPER, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) - Schools in Natrona County School District start class on September 1st. The Casper Police Department wants to remind residents to keep an eye on the road as children head back to the classroom.

“The best thing we can do is have presence and then conduct those traffic stops. We need to make sure our citizens know that we take school zones seriously and there are consequences for those who are speeding in school zones simply because our students rely on us to keep them safe,” said Rebekah Ladd, the Casper Police Department Public Information Officer.

Officers will have a heavier presence in school zones and across the city as traffic picks up Wednesday morning. They are reminding residents to follow school zone instructions and allow extra time on their morning commute. School buses are another thing to look for.

“The most important thing to pay attention to when you’re around a school bus is if that stop sign is out or if you see those red flashing lights on a school bus that means that you legally have to stop,” said Ladd.

CPD wants to remind residents that these safety measures are put into place to keep children and community members safe. With everyone getting back into the routine, Ladd says people may need time to adjust, and CPD is there to help.

“Community policing partnership is the foundation of a safe community. In making sure that our kids get to school safely and can get home safely, is the foundation of that. So they need to know that they can trust us and they can come to us if they need help. And our community needs to know that we are here to enforce the rules that keep people safe,” said Ladd.

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