LEICESTER, Mass. — Leicester Police Chief James Hurley wants to remind residents and commuters to use extra caution and drive safely now that Leicester Public Schools are in session.
Drivers are reminded to be alert for students walking to school or waiting along the side of the road for their school bus.
Additionally, Hurley stressed that the speed limit in marked school zones is 20 mph and that Massachusetts law also requires drivers to stop for school buses that have their warning lights on when loading and unloading students.
"Drivers must also yield to pedestrians in crosswalks," he reminded. "In conjunction with the opening of school the police department posted warning signs at several crosswalks that are heavily utilized by pedestrians."
The Leicester Police Department will have officers on patrol in marked and unmarked cruisers to conduct traffic enforcement activities related to the opening of school.