“Back to School” Traffic Reminders

As students return to school on WednesdayAugust 20, 2014, the Champaign Police Department is reminding motorists and pedestrians to observe applicable laws near school zones.

In an effort to promote safe school zones for students, the Champaign Police Department will place radar trailers in various school zones throughout the city.

Reminders for Drivers: 

When approaching a marked school crossing zone between 7 a.m. and 4 p.m., on days when school is in operation and when schoolchildren are present, a driver must:

  1. Stop all wireless phone communications;
  2. Yield to any children or adults crossing in the crosswalk area;
  3. Reduce vehicle speed to 20 mph; speeding in a school crossing zone could result in a $150 fine.

Reminders for Pedestrians:

  1. Pedestrians should cross at designated intersections and crosswalks, and such movement should only occur when the pedestrians have the right of way.
  2. No pedestrian shall suddenly leave a curb or other place of safety and walk or run into the path of a moving vehicle, which is so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.

As school begins, Champaign police officers will monitor vehicle traffic at or near school zones to ensure that motorists are complying with school zone speed limits. This will be accomplished through shift resources and the use of the department’s Selective Traffic Enforcement Patrol program.

Neighborhood traffic concerns may be submitted online at www. Champaignpolice.com and by clicking on the link to the “Neighborhood Traffic Concerns” in the “Self-Service Police forms” section of the website.