City school children will head back to school on Tuesday, Sept. 3. Please remember when the yellow flashing lights are operating near elementary schools the speed limit is reduced to 20 mph. In other school zones, the lower speed limit is in effect "when children are present," so be prepared to slow down.
The City of Bellevue’s photo enforcement cameras will be operating during school hours in two school zones:
- Northeast Eighth Street and 143rd Avenue Northeast, Stevenson Elementary School; and
- Southeast Eighth Street and 143rd Place Southeast, Lake Hills Elementary School
Upcoming construction at Bennett, Cherry Crest and Cougar Ridge elementary schools will upgrade the school zone signing to yellow flashing beacons, bringing the total number of elementary schools in Bellevue with flashing beacons to 14. A flashing beacon schedule for schools in Bellevue lists hours of operation.
In addition to the photo enforcement cameras, officers regularly enforce the school zone speed limits.
"The purpose of the enforcement is to enhance driver awareness and improve voluntary compliance with the school zone speed limit, increasing the safety of the children who are present," said Captain Denny Bronson.
Safety tips for school zones:
- Slow down;
- Pay attention while driving; don’t be distracted by using electronic devices or cell phones;
- When beacons are flashing or children are present the speed limit is 20 mph;
- Yield the right away to pedestrians and children getting on and off school buses;
- Remember to be aware of your surroundings while turning or changing lanes;
- Stop completely at all intersections;
- Pedestrians should use crosswalks and cross with the crossing sign; and
- Closely supervise your children as they walk to and from a vehicle or school.
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