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Posted on: December 10, 2019

Caution: Watch for students walking in low light conditions

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The Prescott Valley Police Department is asking motorists to be aware of children walking to their bus stops or to school during our dark morning hours.  Many areas in Prescott Valley do not have sidewalks or streetlights.  Our students may be walking in the street while it is still dark.  Motorists are urged to drive slowly and cautiously in these areas.  

The Prescott Valley Police Department recognizes the danger to our students in these areas.  Our Police Department has purchased and donated a limited supply of pedestrian lights to our local middle and high schools.  These lights will be distributed primarily to those students who are walking to school or to bus stops during dark hours.  These lights can be seen for up to one-half mile and are intended to be clipped to a jacket or backpack to help increase student visibility for motorists.  These lights have been given to the office staff at Bradshaw Mountain High School, Glassford Hill Middle School, Bradshaw Mountain Middle School and Liberty Traditional School for their middle school students.  Those students who either walk to school or to the bus stop during dark hours are encouraged to pick up a pedestrian light for their safety.

We encourage parents to teach children to walk against the flow of traffic to their bus stop.  Also, please remind them to be aware of their surroundings and not to be distracted with their cell phones.  Lighter clothing, reflective tape, and flashlights are also recommended for quick identification by drivers.  Together, as a community, we can help keep our children safe. 

Prescott Valley Police Department can be contacted at (928) 772-9267 for non-emergencies, 911 for emergencies.  You may also contact Yavapai Silent Witness at 1-800-932-3232.

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