Central Elementary School
61 Woodside Road
Riverside, IL 60546
(708) 447-1106

Safety Message

Posted Dec 7, 2010 | Category: Everything Else

This information was originally posted on December 7, 2010. Please note that the article refers to events from a previous school year.

While the PTO is currently in the process of developing a strong safety message for drop-off and pick-up at Central, the Riverside Police have stepped up enforcement of traffic laws in front of our school.  Here is a statement from the Police:

The Riverside Police Department is continuing with intensified enforcement of traffic laws.  Since January 1, 2010, the use of cellular telephones within school and construction zones has been prohibited. Today, the Riverside Police Department saturated the school zone around Central and Hauser Schools. One hour of intensified enforcement within this area led to a total of 8 citations. (photo of enforcement/squads position for enforcement on Woodside/Park Place) The department also arrested one individual for Driving with a Revoked License.

The department absolutely agrees that our children’s safety is first and foremost. Surprisingly, the vast majority of the drivers stated that they were not aware of the law. When the law was enacted January 1st of this year; the State of Illinois along with the Illinois Department of Transportation placed educational commercials on television and the press was also involved.  The bottom line here is:  Drivers need not be distracted with cellular telephones while driving around children.

The Riverside Police Department can assure the community that this type of intensified enforcement will continue throughout the Village. The goal is to slow everyone down and keep everyone safe from harm.

Chief Tom Weitzel stated:  “This type of enforcement program is a direct result of working with our partners at District 96 and parents of students who attend District 96 schools. The department has had numerous complaints of distracted drivers picking up children in the school zones on Woodside Road.  Enforcement will continue periodically through the end of 2010 and into 2011”.

Stay tuned for more info from the PTO.