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Broken Arrow Police kick off "Operation Safe Streets"

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Broken Arrow Public Schools start again Thursday, so the police department is asking for the public’s attention and caution when kids return to class. Here’s info from BAPD:

With summer winding down, Broken Arrow Police remind drivers there will be a significant change in the driving environment beginning Thursday, August 23rd. With school beginning on Thursday in Broken Arrow, motorists should be prepared for the related increases in traffic congestion during the morning and afternoon rush periods, so allow more time for your commutes. Drivers are also urged to watch for the presence of child pedestrians, the activation of school zone speed limits, congestion near area schools, the addition of school bus traffic as well as the large number of teen drivers on our streets when schools begin.

Broken Arrow Police are again implementing “Operation Safe Streets” to address the annual increase in traffic collisions at the beginning of school. Police will be increasing the number of officers assigned to traffic enforcement duties the first few weeks of school, in part utilizing funds from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. Heavy police traffic enforcement can be expected during the morning and afternoon peak travel times, especially in area school zones and on streets adjacent to Broken Arrow & Union schools.

Police will invoke “Zero Tolerance” enforcement the first day of school in order to establish a safe environment for drivers and children, so there will be no grace period for drivers committing violations in school zones. Officers will be watching for motorists committing collision causing violations, failing to stop for school busses and for violating school zone speed limits. Drivers are reminded to watch for the yellow flashing lights and twenty-five mile per hour school zone speed limits as well as children and crossing guards at posted crosswalks. Fines for speeding in Broken Arrow school zones begin at $169.00 and increase to more than $469.00. Drivers that fail to stop for a school bus with red lights flashing will not only receive a $249.00 citation, but will also have their driver’s license suspended for the violation.

Drivers should prepare now for the changing driving environment and allow extra travel time beginning Thursday morning. Wear your seatbelt, watch your speed and drive responsibly. If you don’t, you risk the high price of a traffic citation or suffering a significantly higher consequence of being involved in a traffic collision. In order to ensure the safety of our school children, local police are committed to make this a safe school year for all Broken Arrow children and drivers.

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Carrie Coppernoll

Carrie Coppernoll is a columnist and reporter. She was named the top personal columnist in Oklahoma in 2009 and 2010 by the Associated Press and Association of Newspaper Editors. She was also named the 2008 Journalist of the Year by the Oklahoma... Read more ›