LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - The La Crosse Police Department is asking your cooperation in emphasizing to the driving population that school will be starting soon. We all need to be more vigilant for kids walking and riding bikes to school, including the university areas. We are also asking that drivers pay close attention to our School Crossing Guards who will be out before and after school helping kids to safely cross streets at the following intersections:
7th St. & Johnson St.
21st St. & Main St.
2100 Campbell Rd.
George St. & Hayes St.
George St. & Gillette St.
Losey Blvd. No. & Crowley
Also as a reminder, drivers responsibility regarding school buses, Wisconsin statute 346.48 requires that the operator of a vehicle which approaches from the front or rear of any school bus which has stopped on a street or highway and is displaying flashing red warning lights and a traffic stop arm, to stop not less than 20 feet from the bus, and remain stopped until the bus resumes motion or the operator extinguishes the red warning lights. This does not apply to vehicles proceeding in the opposite direction on a divided highway.
La Crosse Police will also be deploying additional patrols around the schools (Safe Routes to School) using grant funds that will be focusing on bicycle and pedestrian safety at the start and end of school day.
La Crosse Police Department will also be stepping up our Pedestrian High Visibility enforcement grant that we started in the spring which emphasized pedestrian and bicycle safety in the city. We will be deploying 3 officers at peak times and locations to enforce traffic laws in regards to bicycle and pedestrian safety. The enforcement will include one plain clothes officer and 2 marked squads (enforcement squads) working at intersections to make sure that vehicles are yielding to pedestrians. The goal of the project is to educate the community on the existing laws and ordinances to pedestrian, bicycle and traffic laws.
Prior to deploying these additional officers we would like to remind the community of some of the rules and regulations that are specific to motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians:
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