Logan police crack down at crosswalks

LOGAN, Utah (AP) — Logan police are cracking down at crosswalks early in the school year.Police have received a number of complaints about drivers that don’t stop for crossing guards, so officers will be patrolling the areas to make sure children on their way to and from school are safe.”We’ve had concerns expressed to us from parents, teachers, school crossing guards and even drivers,” Police Lt. Rod Peterson told The Herald Journal for a story published Monday. “They’ve called in telling us that people aren’t stopping for crossing guards.”Peterson said one complaint came from a driver that stopped for a crossing guard and was honked at by traffic behind her.Logan officers will be watching closely at the city’s 14 school crosswalks when students make their way to class and then back home, Peterson said.”We are just trying to get the word out to remind people to be very careful when driving through a school zone,” Peterson said. “We’ll have officers assigned to those crosswalks to make sure kids are getting to and from school safely. That’s our main goal.”The back-to-school safety reminder includes busses. When a school bus is stopped and flashing red lights, drivers must stop and remain stopped until children have cleared the roadway and the lights stop flashing.Officers also plan to watch for drivers that aren’t obeying the bus traffic laws or continue to speed through school zones despite flashing lights warning them to slow down.”All of us need to make sure we’re doing our part to take that extra time when we’re in these areas,” Peterson said. “Those that choose not to, we’ll have officers at nearly all school crosswalks. We’re hopeful that everyone will do their part to make these locations as safe as possible.”

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