Greenfield parents report careless driver on the first day of school

Franklin County

GREENFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – The Greenfield Police are reminding drivers to look out for students as school is back in session.

According to the Greenfield Police Department, parents saw a driver racing through the neighborhood as their child was waiting for the school bus Wednesday morning.

“She could hear a car accelerating from quite a distance and when the car drove by she was even on her cell phone,” Deputy Chief William Gordon told 22News.

The parents caught the black car on camera and shared the information with police saying the driver was playing with their cell phone in the area of County Club and Barton Road.

The parents were so excited to see their child off for the first day of school but it was ruined by the fear of a careless driver. There were no injuries reported however, police can’t be everywhere. Drivers caught would likely face a hefty ticket and insurance increase.

Shortly after, police put up a large sign, reminding drivers to go slow.

“We’re measuring the speeds of that roadway for the next month or so,” said Deputy Chief Gordon. “We’re going to follow that up with police officers on the street. And that’s not just that street, that’s going to be happening on a lot of streets.”

MAP: Country Club Road & Barton Road in Greenfield

Deputy Chief Gordon added drivers should watch out for school buses, when the red lights are flashing, make sure they stop.

Also, keep an eye out for school zones, student crossing signs, and students that might be walking along the street.

Deputy Chief Gordon said many of the students who attend schools in Greenfield walk to school,
so it’s important to have a conversation with your child to make sure they know the rules of the road.

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