Safe Driving by Schools Even in Summer

A Reminder for Drivers
Posted on 07/01/2019
Image of Slow Down for Children SignThe Akron Police Department and the city traffic engineering division are reminding motorists to slow down and be careful in and around schools and playgrounds during summer.

Just because school is out doesn’t mean drivers can ignore the flashing 20 mph speed limit signals.

While it's summer, not all students are off from class. Some are still attending many elementary schools for summer meals and other events. These programs run at various times from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday all the way through Aug. 16.

“As with the normal morning and afternoon flashing of lights and slowing of traffic within the school zones during the regular school year, please be prepared for the same throughout the summer,” said Akron Traffic Engineer Adam Staller. “The speed limit within these zones during these periods is 20 mph and must be obeyed to maintain the safety of the children.”

The first official day of school for Akron Public Schools’ students in grades 1-9 is Aug. 29 while grades 10-12 and kindergarten return Sept. 3.

For those going to any of the downtown activities over the coming holiday, be advised by the traffic engineers that Main Street downtown between State and Bowery streets (by Lock 3 and the Akron Civic Theatre) will be closed to all traffic from Tuesday to Sunday for the Rib, White & Blue Festival.

The closure will extend a block north to Mill Street from July 8 to July 13; the Italian-American Festival is July 11 to July 13.

Traffic engineers are advising drivers heading north to detour along E. Buchtel Avenue, S. Broadway and E. Mill Street.
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