School zone safety

Roadway safety is even more imporatnt during the school year, as countless youth make their ways to and from school.

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The Oro Valley Police Department would like to remind the community that most private and public schools are back in session this week. Please be cautious when driving, as there will be an increase in the number of children walking and riding bikes. As a reminder:

You may not pass a school bus when it stops, displays the stop sign and flashing red lights. You must stop! This includes both directions of travel when a physical median is not present.

The school zone is 15 miles per hour. You must be at or below 15 miles per hour prior to entering the zone. The zone is marked by the first sign as you enter. 

It is prohibited to pass another vehicle while in a school zone. 

Please pay attention to the crossing guard’s directions and be prepared to stop.

School crosswalks require drivers to stop at the point a pedestrian enters into the crosswalk.

There are two new schools opening in the area of La Canada and Moore that will affect traffic. 

It is illegal to talk or text while driving in Oro Valley unless you use a hands free device.

OVPD is anticipating a large amount of school-related vehicle and pedestrian traffic. Please start your day earlier and give yourself plenty of time for increased congestion. You will see increased police presence around schools to ensure the safety of everyone.

BASIS kicked off its new semester last Wednesday, Aug. 2. Marana Unified School District students returned to their classrooms on Monday, Aug. 7, and Amphitheater Public Schools and Catalina Foothills School District begin this Thursday, Aug. 10. 

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