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Schools are open, drive carefully

Summer recess is over, and schools are prepared to open again, and public officials are warning motorists to take care as they hit the streets.

&uot;People need to be mindful of the traffic situations in Greenville as schools open,&uot; said Greenville Police Chief Lonzo Ingram. &uot;We anticipate many more motorists during the hours of school starts and dismissals in the first week than during any other time of the year.&uot;

Ingram said there are several trouble spots that need to have special attention drawn to them.

&uot;The area of Ft. Dale Road and Butler Street, near W.O. Parmer Elementary School is a particularly bad congestion problem, especially during the first week,&uot; Ingram said. &uot;I can't emphasize enough the importance of keeping the roadway open to the traffic flow - we just cannot have the lane blocked to passing traffic.&uot;

Ingram said that because there is more traffic, there is also more need for emergency vehicles to have clear passage through traffic lanes.

&uot;Because of this, we are urging motorists to either leave earlier for their destinations, or avoid the area, if possible,&uot; he said.

Ingram said another area that is an anticipated problem comes during dismissal time in the afternoon.

&uot;As school buses leave the W.O. Parmer and Greenville Middle School, they will be traveling from Ft. Dale Road to West Commerce Street, using Oliver Street as the link - we urge motorists to remember that traffic on Oak Street must stop for traffic on Oliver Street.&uot;

Ingram said because there is still no traffic signal at the intersection of West Commerce and Bolling streets, traffic near Oliver Street will be heavy.

&uot;We may end up having to put an officer in the area to work traffic,&uot; Ingram said, adding, &uot;if it is not absolutely necessary to travel in this area during the dismissal time in the afternoon, motorists should try to take another route.&uot;

Ingram said regarding the bridge construction on South College Street, that although it will also cause more traffic on Bolling Street, he has been assured by highway department officials that the project will be completed and the bridge re-opened as quickly as possible.

&uot;If everyone exercises a little extra caution, we won't have any problems,&uot; he said.

Ingram also spoke about the importance of watching for the school buses.

&uot;Motorists need to remember that traffic must stop in both directions whenever a school bus is loading or unloading passengers - the bus drivers have a tremendous responsibility for the safety of the children, and their caution lights are on, traffic must stop.&uot;

Ingram said his department would not tolerate motorists ignoring school bus caution lights.

&uot;This can be a very exciting time of year, filled with fun and good memories for the children, parents and teachers, if just a little extra caution is taken,&uot; he said.

traffic,&uot; Ingram said, adding, &uot;if it is not absolutely necessary to travel in this area during the dismissal time in the afternoon, motorists should try to take another route.&uot;

Ingram said regarding the bridge construction on South College Street, that although it will also cause more traffic on Bolling Street, he has been assured by highway department officials that the project will be completed and the bridge re-opened as quickly as possible.

&uot;If everyone exercises a little extra caution, we won't have any problems,&uot; he said.

Ingram also spoke about the importance of watching for the school buses.

&uot;Motorists need to remember that traffic must stop in both directions whenever a school bus is loading or unloading passengers - the bus drivers have a tremendous responsibility for the safety of the children, and their caution lights are on, traffic must stop.&uot;

Ingram said his department would not tolerate motorists ignoring school bus caution lights.

&uot;This can be a very exciting time of year, filled with fun and good memories for the children, parents and teachers, if just a little extra caution is taken,&uot; he said.