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Posted on: August 28, 2017

[ARCHIVED] Start of school year prompts driver awareness campaign

The 10-day program – build around a nationwide campaign theme designed by the Kansas-based Keep Kids Alive – Drive 25 Foundation, is timed to raise driver awareness of Cranberry’s 25 miles an hour residential speed limit at the start of Seneca Valley’s new school year, which is later than normal due to roadwork underway near the district’s high school and middle school campus in Jackson. An earlier surge of slow-down campaign material took place the first week of the school district’s summer break.

The start of school typically brings more children and pets onto and around Township roadways during peak commuting hours than typically takes place during summer recess. The Drive 25 campaign, with strong support from neighborhood homeowner associations, is designed to raise driver attentiveness to the need for increased vigilance and speed moderation.

Neighborhoods participating in the upcoming campaign include Autumn Hill, Avery Fields, Bellevue Park, Cranberry Heights, Creekwood Commons, Crossings, Edmonton Commons, Freedom Woods. Glen Eden, Glenbrook Manor, Green Fields Estates, Hampshire Woods, Highland Village, Hunters Creek, Kingsbrook, Manor Creek Farms, Marshall Woods, Mystic Ridge, Preserve, Rochester Village, Springfield Manor, St. Leonard Woods, Stonefield & Farmview, The Villas of Isleworth, and Winchester Lakes. Program costs have been underwritten by CTCC – Cranberry Township Community Chest; RJ Development Company, and the Township government.

PennDOT also reminds motorists that when they approach a school bus from any direction, they are required to stop at least ten feet away whenever the red lights on the bus are flashing and its stop arm is extended. The only exception is when a school bus stops on the opposite side of a divided highway clearly marked by a barrier. Violators are subject to fines, points, and license suspensions.

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