By JESSICA CRAWFORD
• Daily Leader
With children heading back to school, the Liberal Police Department is out and about in full force to ensure students’ safety. Through Labor Day, Sept. 6, extra patrolling has been set in motion via a grant through the Step Enforcement Project. Not only will the LPD be watching for speed, seatbelt usage will be heavily enforced as well.
“Basically, we have a zero tolerance approach to school zones,” LPD Lieutenant John Antrim said. “Officers will be doing extra enforcement activities for speed as well as seatbelt enforcement through the Labor Day holiday through a grant we received.
“Zero tolerance,” he warned. “So, watch your speed and wear your seatbelts.”
Lt. Antrim also reminds drivers to use caution at crosswalks, particularly in school zones.
“We want to remind people that pedestrians in crosswalks have the right of way,” he said. “So, if you see a child about to enter into a crosswalk, you need to yield for that child to allow them to cross.”
The beginning of a new school year is an exciting time for children, so safety may not be their top priority while walking to school, Lt. Antrim said.
“The big thing people need to remember are children are excited,” he said. “They are ready to get to school to see their friends and their teachers. It’s a new experience for them so they aren’t necessarily thinking about safety. So, it is our responsibility to do that.”