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Police in Bondurant want Drivers to Pay Attention

By: City of Bondurant
Date Published: Monday, September 30, 2019
 

Police in Bondurant want drivers to pay attention to school crosswalks and remind drivers they are not allowed to park in the fire lane

Bondurant, Iowa, September 27, 2019

The Polk County Sherriff’s Police Department is warning drivers to pay attention to students crossing a major road in town. Also, starting today if you’re parked in the wrong spot in front of a school or in a fire lane, you could receive an infraction.

More students walk to school and will use crosswalks. Many parents rightfully worry about the safety of their children while walking to school. It is too often that pedestrians or bicyclists are killed or fatally injured while using a crosswalk.

Since the start of the 2019-2020 school year, there have been several reports of cars running the school crosswalk at Grant and 4th St SE and Grant and 3rd St SE. At this particular crosswalk area, a special beacon is flashing, stop signs are on display to warn drivers that someone is crossing, along with a crossing guard that will safely see that children/pedestrians cross the street in a guided behavior. This cannot be tolerated.

Polk County Deputy Frank Courtney says he’s talking with locals to make sure they’re reporting every time an incident happens and writing down license plates. “Everybody is responsible for the safety of our kids getting to school,” Courtney says.

Jason Sadler, school resource officer, says it’s a problem all over Bondurant, with rushing parents and school staff ignoring pleas to not park in the fire lanes. “Park a block away, park two blocks away and walk that short distance rather than parking in a fire lane. It creates a safety hazard and traffic issues as well,” Sadler reiterates.

Pay attention! Be cautious! Slow down! Keep your eyes on the road! Keep our youth safe.