Start times vary by school; the district has the details. Allowing a little extra time to reach schools and jobs is recommended, especially for the first few days of the school year.
Bellevue Police remind motorists that when yellow lights are flashing in school speed zones, the speed limit is reduced to 20 mph. In other school zones, the 20-mph limit is in effect when children are present, so be prepared to slow down and watch out for students. Also, remember to stop for school buses when lights are flashing or the stop sign is out — or be prepared to pay a substantial fine.
The city’s photo enforcement cameras will operate during school hours at Odle Middle School, Lake Hills Elementary School and Sunset Elementary School.
Here are some safety tips for drivers and pedestrians from the Bellevue Police Department:
- Slow down in school zones. The stopping distance of a vehicle traveling 30 mph is nearly twice the stopping distance of a vehicle traveling 20 mph.
- Pay attention while driving. The state’s new distracted driving law went into effect on July 23, making it illegal to use a handheld personal electronic device while driving, even when stopped at a traffic sign or signal or stuck in traffic.
- Watch for pedestrians when entering a school driveway or turning a corner.
- Stop for children and other pedestrians getting on and off school buses. It’s unlawful to pass a school bus when the red lights are flashing.
- Stop behind the crosswalk at intersections to allow room for pedestrians. Pedestrians should use crosswalks and cross with the crossing sign or light.
- If your kids walk to school, make sure they know the rules of the road and your expectations.