A Message from Your Chief: Back to School Safety

Officer Adela Rios, photo credit Annie Speigelberg

It’s that time of year again. Time to kick off another exciting and fun-filled school year. As Hillsboro heads back to school, there are some simple steps you can take to help our children get to and from safely.
  • Driving is an important responsibility, and it’s up to you to be aware of children walking and biking to school. Children may not pay attention to traffic as they cross the street and those riding bikes are often inexperienced and unpredictable. They may also be traveling on streets without sidewalks.  Please slow down, pay attention, and give them some extra space.
  • Driving is also a full-time responsibility and deserves your full attention. Never text and drive. Not only does it lead to increased chances of a crash, it’s against the law.
  • Recognize school zones. Almost all school zones have warning signs, flashing lights, or speed bumps. Reduce speed when traveling through a school zone, and expect increased traffic.
  • Parents and buses are busy delivering kids to school or picking them up after class is over. Be aware of pedestrian crosswalks in school zones. Always yield to pedestrians on the road, even those not using marked crosswalks.
  • Be on the lookout for school buses. When a bus is displaying yellow lights, prepare to stop. When a school bus is flashing red lights, you must stop. It is illegal to pass a school bus displaying red lights. Leave plenty of time and space for school buses.
  • Drivers, be alert and exercise patience and caution.
  • Parents, talk to your children about safety when they are traveling to school, whether they are walking, biking, riding a school bus, or traveling in a vehicle. Review basic traffic safety tips, such as looking both ways before crossing the street.

With everyone’s cooperation, we can enhance the safety of all youth in Hillsboro and help set them up for a successful school year.

Lee Dobrowolski, Chief of Police


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