Hey you! Slow down around schools and stop for buses | AspenTimes.com

Hey you! Slow down around schools and stop for buses

Police are cracking down on speeding on a stretch of Maroon Creek Road near the Aspen schools.

The stretch of road from the roundabout to just east of the new Aspen Recreation Center was annexed to the city on Feb. 27, and police have set up radar trailers and are traveling the road to remind drivers of the speed limit.

Aspen Deputy Police Chief Glenn Schaffer said officers will be concentrating on the area because traffic gets heavy there twice a day at the schools.

The majority of the area is a 30-mph zone, with the exception of the area closest to the schools, which is 20 mph.

“We’ve given a couple of tickets out there, and some officers have seen speeds as high as 50 miles per hour,” Schaffer said.

The police department is also warning drivers to stop for school buses picking up and dropping off students. Officers have given out between 15 and 20 tickets and countless verbal and written warnings this school year to drivers who didn’t stop.

“Lately in the morning and afternoon we have officers following school buses because of the number of complaints with buses stopping and putting out their stop signs, and people passing them,” Schaffer said.

Colorado law states that drivers on both sides of the road must stop for school buses that have their flashers on and the stop sign displayed while they are picking up or dropping off children.

“People should be concerned when you see a school bus because there are a lot of kids unloading that bus that could run into the street,” he said.

Passing a school bus when it is loading or unloading children is a $60 ticket, Schaffer said, and six points are put on your driver’s license. It takes 12 points before your license is revoked.

[Naomi Havlen’s e-mail address is nhavlen@aspentimes.com]

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