Start of school year brings changes to the roadway

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NORWICH –The Norwich Police Department is reminding motorists and parents to be vigilant as thousands of families across the county prepare for the coming school year.

With school buses and students returning to the road, a part of this change will impact commuter’s daily routes.

“One of the biggest concerns for people is that motorist need to give themselves extra time,” said Assistant Norwich Police Chief Scott Burlinson. “Give yourself an extra 20 minutes. There are new kids on the bus, new bus drivers behind the wheel and new routes to get used to.”

“The excitement that comes with the new school year can easily distract young pedestrians, so motorists must be alert. Motorist must allow for more time getting to work because of the extra pedestrians and school buses making frequent stops.” stated NPD in a public service announcement. “The early morning combination of young children on the streets and motorists hurrying to work has potential for tragedy.”

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