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September 2, 2015

For more information contact:
Preeti Shridhar,
Deputy Public Affairs Administrator, 425-430-6569

Use Extra Caution When School is in Session

RENTON: Students in the Renton School District are heading back to class this week, and the City of Renton encourages extra caution in school zones for motorists and pedestrians. School zone flashing beacons and speed cameras have been installed throughout the district. Reduced speed zones protect and improve the safety of children walking to and from school. The difference between 20 mph and 26 mph is twenty-six feet of stopping distance. With children walking in the area, those twenty-six feet could mean the difference between life and death.

Signs at the schools alert drivers that cameras are in use. Vehicles exceeding the speed limit through the school zones will be photographed, and those images will be reviewed by Renton Police to determine if a citation is warranted. The cameras will operate when the school beacons are flashing.

Safety reminders include: 

  • Stop and yield to pedestrians crossing the crosswalk or intersection in a school zone when flashers are blinking
  • Always stop for a school patrol officer or crossing guard holding up a stop sign
  • Never pass a vehicle stopped for pedestrians
  • Watch for bikes coming from driveways or behind parked cars
  • Never pass a bus from behind or from either direction if you're on an undivided road – if it is stopped to load or unload children
  • Always stop if the yellow or red lights on the bus are flashing and the stop arm is extended