Boston Police Taking Traffic Safety Precautions on First Day of School

Drivers Warned to Watch for School Buses and Children on Local Streets

  The City of Boston will be implementing traffic safety precautions to coincide with the first day of school tomorrow.  Boston’s Police and Transportation Departments will both be out in force at key locations to ensure that Boston’s streets are accessible so that the City’s children arrive in their classrooms safely and on time.  Drives are warned to watch closely for school buses and children, to be patient, and to drive and park with extra care on local streets.

“Thousand of children will be heading to Boston Public Schools tomorrow for the 2013/2014 opening day of school,” said Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino.  “My first priority is to make sure that each and every one of these children gets to and from school safely.  I am asking drivers to cooperate with us by erring on the side of caution when both driving and parking on local streets.  As responsible adults, all drivers are expected to take every precaution to keep our children safe.”

More than 730 school buses will be on the road in Boston tomorrow transporting 33 thousand students enrolled in Boston Public Schools, as well as charter, private and parochial schools.  There are another 25 thousand students who walk or are driven by an adult to and from school in Boston.  BPS students enrolled in grades 1 through 12 begin school tomorrow and Kindergarten students start on Monday, September 9.

            Boston Police Officers and Boston Parking Enforcement Officers will be concentrating their efforts at various intersections throughout the City to control traffic and to keep congestion to a minimum so that both school buses and MBTA buses carrying children are not delayed along their routes.  Drivers are reminded that it is against the law to pass a school bus when the “STOP” arm on the bus is activated.

BPD and BTD will also be working to ensure that drivers do not violate public safety related parking regulations.  Of particular concern are:

  • No Parking in Crosswalks
  • No Double Parking
  • No Parking in Handicap Ramps
  • No Parking Within 20 Feet of An Intersection
  • Less than 10 Feet from a Fire Lane
  • No Stopping or Standing
  • Hydrant.

In addition, the City of Boston has been in touch with local utilities and construction companies to coordinate permitted work activities so that they do not impact designated bus routes, traffic safety and school zone safety.