Police focus on back to school safety

Police ask motorists to be aware of extra school traffic and to study up on regulations

Back to school is here and starting Tuesday area schools will be in full swing. The La Crosse Police Department would like to ask that all motorists be more vigilant for people walking and riding bikes to school, including the university areas.

“It’s kind of a break in period, we’re asking people to be more respectful a little bit more observant, giving people a little bit more time to adjust to how to do things properly, using the crosswalks, using the lights, maybe some things they’re not used to in their own community,” said La Crosse Police Officer Kurt Weaver.

They also asking that drivers pay close attention to our School Crossing Guards who are out before and after school helping children to safely cross streets at the following intersections:

• 7th St. & Johnson St.
• 21st St. & Main St.
• 2100 Campbell Rd.
• Gillette St & Kane St.
• George St. & Gillette St.
• Losey Blvd. N. & Crowley St.

Motorists should also familiarize themselves with driver responsibility around school buses as well as the laws and ordinances regarding pedestrians and bicyclists.

Information on these regulations and others can be found by visiting the City of La Crosse Municipal Code Chapter 44 – Traffic and Vehicles or Wisconsin State Statutes Chapter 346.