TOWNSEND -- With school scheduled to begin Wednesday, Aug. 27, the Townsend Police Department requests that parents and guardians review safety tips, especially with those children beginning at the elementary grade level.

Those wishing literature regarding "stranger danger" or bike and pedestrian safety are urged to stop by the Townsend Police/Communications Center where pamphlets are available to assist in this regard.

This is a good time of year to review certain safety concerns with your child to make certain that he or she understands the dangers that could be presented and make certain that trips to, from and around schools are as safe as possible.

In addition, parents of high-school-aged children are asked to take a moment to discuss the dangers along Route 119, especially in the area of the high school that, because of congestion and increase in traffic flow, has become a particular safety concern.

Motorists are asked to be alert for the increase in pedestrian traffic and the movement of school bus travel as well. Chief Erving Marshall reminds motorists that the speed limit of 20 mph in school zones will be strictly enforced as will laws regarding the failure to yield for school buses with lights flashing.

The Townsend Police Department asks for everyone's cooperation in these matters and also reminds motorists that sometimes just because of the excitement of starting a new school year, children forget to think about safety.


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We urge all who travel along the roadways throughout town to be vigilant, especially during the school week, so that we can insure a safe and happy school year.