School is Open in Boston: BPD Taking Traffic Safety Precautions

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

The City of Boston has implemented traffic safety precautions to coincide with the first day of school.  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 beginning today for the 2015/2016 school year,” said Police Commissioner William Evans.  “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.”

Boston Police Officers, in collaboration with the Boston School Police and M.B.T.A. Police will be monitoring some of the larger and busier M.B.T.A. stations and routes or travel of students going to and returning home from school to ensure a safe commute for students, 

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.