KPD Urging Driver's Awareness for First Week of School
The Kennewick Police Department is encouraging people to pay special attention while driving for the first week of school this week.
Officers from KPD were at the Kennewick School District bus barn on Monday raising awareness about more kids being on the streets traveling to and from school this week and for the rest of the school year.
Sgt. Ken Lattin, Kennewick Police Department, said children walking to and from school may not be paying attention and it's up to drivers to avoid any accidents.
"It's so important as a driver 100 percent of your attention is on the road," Sgt. Lattin said. "Not talking on the cell phone, not playing with the stereo, not talking to the kids in the back seat, watching what's happening in front of you."
Sgt. Lattin said there will be more than 100 buses on the road when school starts back up again, and when you see flashing yellow lights on a bus or school zone signs you need to slow down.
Here is a list of when school districts begin classes this year:
August 22nd - Mabton, Milton-Freewater
August 23rd - Toppenish, Grandview, Othello
August 27th - Hermiston, Selah, North Franklin, Stanfield
August 28th - Richland, Pasco, Kennewick, College Place, Prosser, West Valley, Dayton
August 29th - Burbank and Kiona-Benton
September 4th - Walla Walla, Sunnyside, Umatilla, Wapato, Touchet, Waitsburg
September 5th - Ellensburg and Kittitas
September 17th - Pendleton