Tuesday, September 11, 2012

September Proclaimed Back To School Month

Spokane City Mayor David Condon has proclaimed September Back to School month and is partnering with the Spokane Regional Health District on education and student safety issues this month.

The City, along with the "Stickman Knows" education campaign, is asking for your help to keep our children safe. Slow down around schools and look out for children crossing the street. Don’t compete. Share the street.

Most vehicle-pedestrian collisions occur in crosswalks, marked or unmarked. By following the rules of the road, we can prevent these by driving 20 miles per hour in school zones and stopping for children at crosswalks. Pedestrians can be safer by only crossing the street on a “Walk” signal, and if there isn’t a signal look left, right, and left again before crossing at marked crosswalks or intersections.

Local law enforcement officers will be keeping an eye out for people not following the rules of the road and may issue tickets. Tickets can run from $56 for not crossing the street at a crosswalk up to $210 for a motorist failing to yield to a pedestrian in a crosswalk.

For more information, visit http://stickmanknows.org/

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SRTC is the federally designated Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO) for Spokane County. Urbanized areas with populations exceeding 50,000 people are required to have an MPO. SRTC was formed to address the county's transportation planning needs. It provides coordination in planning between the public, cities, small towns, the county, the state, transit providers, and tribes.

SRTC offers services including transportation monitoring, transportation modeling, census information analysis, travel demand forecasting, historical traffic count analysis, geographic information systems, and trip generation rates.