HPD reminds drivers to take care as students begin new school year

Hays Post

The Hays Police Department is warning residents to be on the lookout for  flashing lights across Hays this week.

“It’s that time of year again — getting ready to get back to school,” Assistant Police Chief Brian Dawson said, “and we just want to remind community members about safety tips when it comes to driving.

“Slow down around school zones, take extra time because there will be extra traffic, watch for crosswalks, school buses,” he said. “And if you notice anything suspicious or dangerous looking, contact the school, notify the police, and let’s have a good safe school year.”

Dawson also has some advice for students walking or biking to school: Eyes on the road, not on the phone.

“Pay attention to the traffic, and do not be distracted by a cellphone or gaming device,” he said. “Use the crosswalks and sidewalks and be vigilant of the traffic (around you).”

Dawson added all schools in Hays require visitors to check in at the front office when visiting a school.

“All schools have visitor passes, which need to be worn visibly in the building,” he said. “(The passes) help staff keep track of who is in the building and helps prevent unauthorized access.”

Dawson also pointed out if anyone is aware of a potentially violent situation at any school, they should call the HPD or the state’s school violence hotline at (877) 626-8203.

USD 489’s first day of the 2014-15 school year is Thursday.