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School Mascots to Help Bring Awareness of Speed Limit in School Zones

City of Pawtucket, Police Department, and School Department Continue Efforts to Inform Public of School Zone Safety

Pawtucket – The City of Pawtucket, the Pawtucket Police Department, and the Pawtucket School Department are ramping up their efforts to inform drivers of the school zone speed limits as the warning period continues. School mascots will be outside of Potter Burns, Goff Middle School, and Nathanael Greene holding signs to alert drivers of school zone speeds on Wednesday and Thursday.

“The purpose of the public safety camera program is to reduce vehicular speeds within school zones. The program will be a success when there are no violations issued,” said Mayor Donald R. Grebien. “We will continue to explore new and innovative ways to make sure that we educate the drivers to slow down. I thank the City Council, the Police Department, and the School Department for their collaboration.”

The mascots will be holding signs in the school zone areas of Potter Burns Elementary School and Goff Middle School located on Newport Avenue and of Nathanael Greene located on Smithfield Avenue. The goal is to remind everyone to slow down for the safety of the children. The City is committed to continuously looking into additional ways to bring awareness to drivers beyond the traffic signs, social media, pamphlets, paid ads and media campaigns to ensure everyone’s safety.

“The public safety of our residents continues to be our primary focus, especially for those families in the school areas. The City and Pawtucket School Department have long recognized that speeding in school areas is a problem, especially since many of the students and parents in our city walk to school every day,” said Acting Public Safety Director and Police Chief Tina Goncalves. “We will continue reaching out to all residents and drivers in any way possible in order to lower their speeds.”

The mascots will be outside of the schools on Wednesday and Thursday from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

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For Immediate Release
September 17, 2019
Contact: Wil Arboleda
401-728-0500 ext. 358

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