KPD Urging Driver's Awareness for First Week of School

<p>School Traffic Safety</p>

School Traffic Safety

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