School zone enforcement starts this week

August 10, 2021

School zones strictly enforced: No tolerance, no exceptions

Local schools will resume classes this week and Bartlesville Police Chief Tracy Roles has a message for drivers: Beginning Thursday, there will be zero tolerance for traffic violations in or near school zones.

“There won’t be any exceptions,” Roles said. “Anyone who a commits traffic violation in or near a school zone will be cited accordingly. This is a ‘no tolerance’ policy.”

Drivers should take care to avoid the following violations, Roles said:

  • Speeding in a school zone
  • Not stopping for a school bus
  • Failing to stop and/or yield from all school parking lots
  • Running or not coming to a complete stop at stops signs in neighborhoods near the schools
  • Excessive acceleration from stop and yield signs
  • Reckless driving
  • Driving in a manner not reasonable and proper

“We understand it’s an adjustment — we’re all get used to not having to worry about school zones during the summer months,” Roles said. “But it’s important that we all slow down and keep our students’ safety, as well as the safety of teachers and parents, top of mind as they begin their new school year.”