Laredo school districts hold safety conference

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The conference was hosted at Ryan Elementary School.

UISD Police Chief Clemente Camarillo reminds the community to observe and obey school zone traffic laws.

LAREDO, TEXAS (KGNS/UISD/LISD) - Law enforcement representatives from the Laredo Police Department and the Webb County Sheriff’s Department joined officers from both school districts for a press conference to address back to school safety.

“Traffic safety at our schools is a priority for the Laredo Police Department, said Chief Ray Garner. “Traffic officers are assigned to patrol schools as a visible deterrent to prevent incidents from occurring and to enforce traffic laws.”

Sheriff Martin Cuellar asked the public to be careful in school zones and to obey all traffic signs.

“We remind all drivers that it is unlawful to text or be speaking on a cell phone when driving through school zones, especially when students are arriving for classes or being released for the day. Please keep safety in mind as we approach the first day of school for both districts, which is Monday, August 25th ”, said Cuellar.

Additional back to school safety tips were offered at the conference, which was hosted by Ryan Elementary School.

Back to school safety tips Do’s:
1. Slow down around the schools; plan ahead and arrive early
2. Use the safe delivery/valet drop–off area
3. Position your children on the right side of the vehicle, so they exit onto the sidewalk, away from any moving vehicles
4. Stay alert
5. Park your car in the appropriate areas; obey posted parking restrictions
6. Obey all traffic laws
7. Follow directions of officers and personnel who direct traffic in school zones
8. Be courteous and cooperative with fellow motorists

Back to school safety Don’ts:
1. Stop and park your vehicle in the delivery/valet drop – off area
2. Park and exit your vehicle in the passenger loading/unloading areas
3. Stop your vehicle in the middle of the street to let your child in or out of the vehicle
4. Walk between vehicles in the drop – off and pick – up area
5. Park across the street and direct your child to cross the street outside of the designated crossing area
6. Pass vehicles on the wrong side of the street
7. Leave your vehicle unattended
8. Do not operate cell phones or allow other things to distract you

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