By Kelly Chelin, Mill Creek Public Information Director.
It is that time of year again; local students are back in school.
Schools in Mill Creek started classes on Wednesday, September 7th. This means an increase in pedestrian traffic, teenage drivers, and elevated stress for some.
The Mill Creek Police Department would like to pass on a few safety reminders for the upcoming school year:
Drivers, remember that the speed limit on residential roads in Mill Creek is 25 miles per hour, and it is 20 miles per hour in all school zones.
There will be increased foot traffic, so remember that pedestrians have the right of way in all crosswalks, and at no point should you stop your vehicle in a crosswalk and block the pedestrian right of way.
Please give yourself extra time to reach your destinations. There will be increased traffic around Jackson High School, Heatherwood Middle School and Mill Creek Elementary School as new students and their families learn the flow of getting to and from the schools.
Pedestrians, please remember to look both ways before crossing the street, and do not just assume that vehicles will stop for you. Also, use marked crosswalks, as this is where motorists will be expecting you to cross.
As we gear up for another school year, please know that the Mill Creek Police Department’s officers and traffic unit will be actively educating and enforcing school zone laws. Please drive safely and help us make this a great and safe school year!