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Posted on: August 11, 2021

More Citizens, More Vehicular Traffic - Public Information, Chief Broussard

CLEVELAND POLICE DEPARTMENT
Public Information / Media Relations
Information for Immediate Release, 08/11/2021

More Citizens, More Vehicular Traffic

The school year has officially began for many school districts in our area. The Cleveland Police Department wants to encourage motorist to be watchful of children walking on or near roadways.
There are many streets in our neighborhoods that don’t have sidewalks and people use the edge of the paved roadway to walk, or ride their bicycles. All motorist are being asked to watch for cyclists and pedestrians.
We are encouraging motorist to pay more attention to the vehicles ahead of them that may make sudden stops. “We are recommending that drivers take an extra moment, or two” to look for children at intersections, or crosswalks where pedestrians may be waiting to cross the roadway. “Drivers are being warned to slow down; with more families moving into the area, and more students attending our schools it will be a little more congested. Officers have noticed our streets are a lot busier than in the past. Motorist should pay close attention to buses and parents who will be dropping, and picking up children”. Motorist are encouraged to show respect for one another, be courtesy, and have patience.

Drivers should make sure there are no distractions inside their vehicles especially cell phones. Use of cell phones are prohibited in school zones where signs are posted. Again, drivers should pay closer attention and stay alert when approaching, or traveling in school zones. Officers will be working school zones and watching for speeders and cell phone violators for the protection of our children.
Motorists on the highway or public streets are asked to stop before reaching a school bus operating flashing warning lights when loading or unloading students. Traffic shall stop when approaching from either direction. Motorists should not proceed until the bus resumes motion, or the visual warning signal lights are no longer activated.

Motorists who commit the offense of “Fail to stop or remain stopped for a school bus” commit a misdemeanor punishable by a fine not less than $500.00, or no more than
$1,250.00; second conviction the judge may order a person’s license to be suspended for at least six months; see Texas Transportation Code Sec. #545.066.

Cleveland Police Department is asking that you heighten your awareness when traveling in school zones, or when approaching school buses with or without warning lights on. Police as well as many citizens are faced with significant population growth and different challenges than ever before. “Growing pains, planning, and coming up with strategies to address public safety has been challenging. Some of those challenges can be frustrating and not clear at first, but there are set rules, guidelines, and policies each citizen must try to comply with. Wishing everyone a great school year; let each of us make a positive impact in our community’s health and safety.

Stay Safe,
Darrel Broussard
Chief of Police
City of Cleveland, Tx.

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