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Back-to-school safety needed

Published: Saturday, Aug. 23, 2014 1:15 a.m. CDT

POLO – Drivers are reminded by the Polo Police Department that school has begun in Polo.

The Polo School District year started Wednesday. School buses will be on both town and rural routes.

When a school bus’ yellow flashers are on, the bus will stop soon. When it does stop, the driver will activate the red flashers and put out the stop sign. According to Polo Police, drivers must stop for the school bus, and the school bus is not obligated to wait for cars to clear.

All school zones have a 20-mph speed limit. There is no grace period, and the zone starts immediately at the posted sign.

Polo students are asked to use sidewalks and crosswalks, and walk with friends if possible. Any student who encounters problems on the way to and from school should look for a house with a bright Helping Hand sign on the front door. Those houses are safe houses to go to and ask for help. Residents who wish to have a Helping Hand house can contact the Polo Police Department to pick up an application.

Students who ride bicycles must follow all applicable traffic laws, according to Polo Police. No bicycles are allowed on the sidewalk in the business district unless the rider walks their bike. Students are reminded to lock their bicycle once they arrive at school. 

It is illegal to use a cell phone while driving a vehicle in Illinois, unless it is hands-free. Polo Police will enforce the law, especially in school zones.

For more information, call the police department at 815-946-3412.

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