- Associated Press - Wednesday, September 10, 2014

FOND DU LAC, Wis. (AP) - Fond du Lac officials are taking additional steps to help protect students in light of increasing traffic around local schools.

“My grandkids live three blocks from school, but my daughter still drives them every day. It’s like a crazy beehive around the school with all the cars lined up to pick up the kids at the end of the day,” Rosie Williams of Fond du Lac said. “I think kids were safer when they got themselves to school on their own.”

Marian Sheridan, coordinator of school health and safety programs, says 14 ordinances have been adopted within the past year to address safety concerns.

The city’s school district has worked with law enforcement and the engineering department to assess parking and traffic safety since 2006, The Reporter Media (https://fondul.ac/1uvVPuj ) reported. The collaboration aims to increase safety and traffic efficiency by observing the number of students who walk and bike to school, as well as the amount of vehicles near the schools at the beginning and end of the day.

School officials monitor activity in and around school zones, while police officers take care of illegal parking and speeding.



People who stop or park in a school zone are subject to ticketing, according to Fond du Lac Assistant Police Chief Steve Klein.

The school district and the police department have installed additional signage to remind drivers of speed limits inside of school zones. The city also employs 15 adult crossing guards to patrol more heavily trafficked crosswalks, in addition to the traditional student crossing guards.

Fond du Lac officials continue to propose additional safeguards to increase safety, including the addition of sidewalks and bike lanes.

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Information from: The Reporter Media, https://www.fdlreporter.com

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