Police reminding drivers be more aware on the road as school begins


With students returning to school, you may see more pedestrians and bicyclists on the road.

Dozens of police stations in western Mass reminded drivers this week to be more aware on the roads as kids return to school.

The Chicopee Police Department posted on Facebook, saying drivers and pedestrians need to pay extra attention over the next week as the school year gets under way. They reminded drivers that they will need to stop for school buses and crossing guards, and urged parents to talk with their kids about using caution on their way to school.

Francisco Rodrigues of Belchertown told 22News, “This is a busy area especially during the school year, I know last year there were a lot of problems with people driving really fast. Definitely be more cautious during end of school hours when kids are walking home.”

If drivers illegally pass a school bus when their stop sign is out and lights are flashing, they could face a fine of $250, and repeat offenders could face a $1,000 fine and a six month suspension of their license. 
Students are returning to school throughout this week and next.

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