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Aug. 8, 2022

JCPD encourages travel safety during school year

With area schools now in session – and classes at East Tennessee State University set to begin Aug. 22 – the Johnson City Police Department reminds drivers and pedestrians to travel with caution.

  • Drivers should be aware of children waiting at bus stops, particularly as mornings become darker.
  • Always stop for buses when the stop arm is out.
  • Allow extra time for travel before and after school hours, when buses are picking up and dropping off students.
  • Motorists should be alert for students walking on and near the ETSU campus.
  • ETSU students are advised that crossing State of Franklin Road in the area of Millennium Centre may result in a jaywalking citation. Pedestrians must use the pedestrian bridge or a nearby crosswalk.
  • Pedestrians of all ages are encouraged to use caution near traffic. Do not become distracted and look at cell phones or wear headphones when crossing streets.

“The safety of our roadways, particularly those in school zones, are the responsibility of the motoring public,” said Johnson City Police Sgt. Lorrie Goff. “Practicing safe travel habits will contribute to a safe and successful school year for our students. Our goal is to bring awareness to drivers that school is back in session and to get kids to their schools as safely and efficiently as possible.”