The beacons will only be in effect about 30 to 45 minutes before and after school to provide notice that the school zone is in effect and the speed limit is reduced to 15 mph. A test run will conducted on Monday at 7 a.m. to ensure the timing is functioning properly in preparation for the start of school on Wednesday, Aug. 1. School crossing guards will still be in place before and after school as well, per Arizona Department of Transportation guidelines.
The City’s Traffic Safety Committee recommended the installation of beacons at this school crosswalk because it is the only one in the City that does not abut school property and crosses a minor arterial roadway. The beacons are completely solar powered, which both reduced the upfront project cost and saves on energy expenses.
Since Avenida del Sol is four lanes, motorists are urged to also heed a state law prohibiting passing in a school zone. The law prohibits passing another vehicle traveling the same direction inside a school zone, even if that vehicle is in a separate lane.
Drive with care as students head back to school
The Sierra Vista Police Department will be patrolling school zones throughout the City and strictly enforcing the 15 mph speed limit when school starts next week.
“Please be extra cautious and observant on local roads next week, especially before and after school because there will be many children heading to and from bus stops, walking to school, or riding their bikes,” Sierra Vista Police Department Public Information Officer Cpl. Tim Wachtel says.
“Parents can do their part by not parking along the road in school zones and dropping their children off on the same side of the street as their school site. This preserves visibility for fellow motorists and minimizes the need for children to cross the street,” Wachtel says.