Monday, August 18, 2014 marks the first day of school for Lee County students. The Fort Myers Police Department would like to take this time and remind all motorists to be cognizant of the increased vehicle, bicycle and pedestrian traffic associated with this occasion.
“The first day back from summer vacation is usually hectic for traveling because a majority of parents like to see their children off on the first day of school. The extra congestion means we need to increase our awareness as motorists,” according to Operations Bureau Captain Jim Mulligan.
The Fort Myers Police Department will increase patrols to ensure our youth are safe in and around bus stops, crosswalks and school zones. The additional patrols will also focus on parking issues such as illegally parking in front of hydrants, in fire lanes and on medians. Extra attention will also target the operation of school buses stopping to pick up and drop off children. “When a bus stops, traffic must also stop in both directions unless the roadway is divided by at least five feet of space,” Captain Mulligan added.
Lieutenant Victor Medico
Public Information Officer
Fort Myers Police Department
2210 Widman Way
Fort Myers, Florida 33901