Schools Are Soon Opening! Please Be Careful Out On The Roadways!

SCHOOL IS SOON TO BE BACK IN SESSION - PLEASE HEED THE FOLLOWING SAFETY TIPS!


Manheim Township School District Starts Classes on Tuesday, August 25th, 2020!


It’s that time of year again!  Children will be walking to / from school in the mornings and afternoons.  School buses will also be making frequent stops to pick up / discharge passengers.  MTPD has compiled the following information for motorists to encourage everyone to please drive carefully! 

Slow down - Speed limits in school zones are reduced for a reason.  A pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling at 25 mph is nearly two-thirds less likely to be killed compared to a pedestrian struck by a vehicle traveling just 10 mph faster.

Come to a Complete Stop - Research shows that more than one-third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones or neighborhoods.  Always come to a complete stop, checking carefully for children on sidewalks and in crosswalks before proceeding

Eliminate Distractions - Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for just two seconds doubles your chances of crashing.  Children can be quick, crossing the road unexpectedly or emerging suddenly between two parked cars.  Reduce risk by not using your cell phone or eating while driving, for example.

Reverse Responsibly - Every vehicle has blind spots.  Check for children on the sidewalk, in the driveway, and around your vehicle before slowly backing up.  Teach your children to never play in, under, or around vehicles.

Watch for Bicycles - Children on bikes are often inexperienced, unsteady, and unpredictable.  Slow down and allow at least FOUR feet of passing distance between your vehicle and a bicyclist.  If your child rides a bicycle to school, require that they wear a properly-fitted bicycle helmet on every ride.

Talk to Your Teen - Car crashes are the leading cause of death for teens in the United States, and nearly one in four fatal crashes involving teen drivers occur during the after-school hours of 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.

MEDIA POST CONTACT: Sergeant Michael T. Piacentino, W: 717-569-6401 Ext: 1583, C: 717-340-2130, piacentinom@manheimtownshippolice.org