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'Drive Safely' Campaign in Full Swing in Port Washington

Motorists reminded exercise caution on the roads.

Police Commissioners Angela Mullins, Dave Franklin and Jim Duncan, along with the  and local school children, helped AAA New York launch its 67th annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign.

Colorful “School’s Open” signs are posted throughout Port Washington, serving as a warning motorists to be extra careful as thousands of local youngsters return to school.

“The help and support that we get from our club-area police departments adds to the effectiveness of our ‘School’s Open’ campaign,” said Donna Galasso, assistant director of the club’s traffic safety unit.  

She added that the efforts of the Port Washington Police would help result in "increased safety for all students.” 

Drivers, including bicyclists should be especially cautious in school areas, keeping their speed at or below posted limits and being prepared to stop, on both sides of the street, for school buses with flashing red lights and stop arms, as required by New York State law, Galasso noted.

The club’s annual “School’s Open – Drive Carefully” campaign is conducted with local government and police agencies.  In New York, the program began in 1945, and, according to AAA, has assisted in preventing injuries and deaths among children of elementary school age.

jonathan winant September 09, 2012 at 09:37 AM
Roland: our on the money and it is very unfortunate that the Police (all over Nassau) do not take a very hard stand on stopping the drivers who endanger others. How many times does someone have to call the Port W. Police to alert them to dangers along Main Street? Is it that much trouble to have a major crack down on drivers who run through crosswalks when pedsetrkians are already off the curb and starting tgo cross Main Street? The mnore the police are seen in action might send out a better message and might make residents feel better about how their tax dollars are being spent. I hope that more residents will pick up a phone and call the Port W. Police to demand that more locations receive more attention by the Police. More drivers need to be pulled over for textibng and chatting on the phones BEFORE Newsday has a field day after they report on a major fatal accident in our community.
GM September 10, 2012 at 12:51 PM
We had a pleasant surprise at our school bus stop this morning! A PW Police Officer was keeping our children safe while monitoring drivers. Thank you!
GM September 11, 2012 at 12:56 PM
PWPD in action! Surprise day two...got one! Lady speedster caught going through Stop Sign this morning. Hopefully, surveillance will show that traffic on Carlton avenue needs to slow down. If the DOT is listening please post Bus Stop signs and anything that could help. Thank you!
GM September 14, 2012 at 12:03 PM
Thursday, Day four - PWPD catch another Lady speedster going through Stop Sign at Bus Stop! Excellent! Thank you. Too bad we can't have PWPD presence everyday. School's Open - Drive Safely Please.
Adina Genn September 14, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Thanks for the update GM!

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