Lafayette, LA – On August 13, 2015, students in the Lafayette Parish School System will be returning to class.  The Lafayette Police Department begins a campaign each year called, “Give the Kids a Brake”.  During the first two weeks of school Lafayette Police Officers will be enforcing speed limits in all school zones.  It is important as citizens that we adhere to those speed limits.  Each school zone is clearly marked with signs and in most cases flashing lights.  Drivers who regularly travel to work on roadways that border schools should allow extra travel time for the increase in traffic in the mornings and afternoon.  They should also avoid being distracted within the vehicle due to student pedestrian traffic.

Things parents should speak to their children about before the school year begins:

1.     Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before approaching it from the curb.

2.     Always check for traffic before crossing an intersection and utilize crossing guards where available.

3.     Do not speak with strangers while walking to and from school.  Always immediately report this suspicious activity to school officials or a trusted adult.

4.     If riding a bike to school wear an approved helmet and check to make sure your child knows the “rules of the road.”

5.     If your child walks to school check the route for safety.  Walk the route with the child in advance to point out dangers such as traffic and crossings.

6.     Upon arriving at home in the afternoon have a check list for the child to follow to assure their safety.

7.     If the child will be home alone, discuss with them in detail on what to do in case of an emergency.  There is no set age for a child to be left alone at home.  The recommended age of 13 to 14 years is depends on the maturity of the child.

The Lafayette Police Department would like to extend best wishes to all students returning for the 2015 – 2016 school year. Have a great year!

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