Back To School Zones Start On Thursday In Dalton

Monday, August 4, 2014

Dalton's public schools will hold their first classes for the 2014-15 school year on Thursday. That means motorists need to plan ahead now to build a few extra minutes to their morning and afternoon commutes as school zone speed limits are going back into effect. Not only will speed limits near school zones be lowered, but motorists will also need to be on the lookout for extra pedestrian and vehicular traffic.

Elementary school speed zones will be in effect from 7:45-8:25 a.m. and 3:15-3:50 p.m. Dalton Middle School's speed zone will be in effect from 7:15-7:45 a.m. and 2:35-3:10 p.m.  High school speed zones will be in effect from 7:50-8:15 a.m. and 3:40-4:05 p.m.  

Drivers should be aware a reduction in speed is mandatory in any school zone that is marked with an appropriate sign and flashing signal. Violators are subject to doubled fines, regardless of the regular posted speed limit, if observed speeding during enforcement times.

Drivers should also keep an eye out for school buses.  It is illegal to approach or pass a school bus when it has its red flashing lights turned on.  When the red lights are flashing and the stop sign is deployed, all traffic approaching in both directions must come to a complete stop unless the roadway has a physical separation between the directions of travel.  Officers from the DPD patrol division will be on the lookout for violators.

In order to keep traffic flowing smoothly, parents dropping off and picking up their children are reminded not to block certain areas while waiting in the car pool line. These areas include roadway intersections and residential driveways.  Blocking these areas only add to the congestion and delay everyone’s commute time. Besides being frustrating to other drivers, interfering with the free flow of traffic could result in a citation to those in violation.   

Officials said, "Please help us this school year by joining with the Dalton Police Department to keep our children out of harm’s way. Watch your speed, look for school zones, and stop for busses loading and unloading children. Also, remember “seatbelts save lives.” Buckle up!"

The following areas have enforceable school zones during posted times:

·    Dalton High School – Waugh Street from the east entrance of Manly Street to the west entrance of Manly Street. The posted school zone speed limit is 30 mph when the warning lights are flashing.

·    Dalton Middle School – Cross Plans Blvd. from the By-Pass to Dalton Middle School. The posted speed limit is 25 mph at all times.

·    Roan Street Elementary School – Martin Luther King Blvd. from just west of Grimes Street to Grade Street. The posted school zone speed limit is 30 mph when the warning lights are flashing.

·    Blue Ridge Elementary School / Morris Street High School – Morris Street from Harris Street to just east of Fourth Ave., the posted school zone speed limit is 25 mph when the warning lights are flashing. Also on Fredrick St. from McAfee St to Morris St., the posted school zone speed limit is 20 mph when children are present in the area.

·    City Park Elementary School – Thornton Ave. from School Street to Crawford Street. The posted school zone speed limit is 25 mph when the warning lights are flashing.

·    Brookwood Elementary School – Central Ave. from Frances Street to Brown Street. The posted school zone speed limit is 25 mph at all times.

·    Westwood Elementary School – Trammel Street from Tyler Street to Richards Street, which is a one-way street heading north and on Jones Street from Richards Street to Tyler Street, which is a one-way street heading south.

 



Moccasin Bend DAR Donates School Supplies to Tamassee DAR School

Moccasin Bend DAR members traveled to Tamassee DAR School to deliver school supplies donated by the chapter. Donations included backpacks, whiteboards with markers, scissors, notebooks, and many other items. Tamassee DAR School in Tamassee, S.C., was founded in 1919 by the Daughters of the American Revolution to serve underprivileged children of Appalachia. Today, Tamassee is ... (click for more)

Tennessee American Water Provides Earth Day Activities At Local School

In recognition of Earth Day, Tennessee American Water employees brought hands-on learning to 85 students at Thrasher Elementary. Through various activities, the first-graders learned about the importance of protecting water, one of our most important natural resources for sustaining all life.   “Everyone can play a role in protecting our water resources,” said Tennessee ... (click for more)

Jury Clears Juvenile Judge Philyaw Of Discrimination Charge In Dismissal Of Openly Gay Magistrate

A federal jury deliberated about an hour on Tuesday afternoon before ruling in favor of Juvenile Court Judge Rob Philyaw, who had been sued by an openly gay magistrate that he dismissed. Judge Travis McDonough had dismissed the other two defendants - Court Administrator Sam Mairs and Hamilton County - from the case at the close of the proof. Judge Philyaw said, "I thank the ... (click for more)

Attorney Elliott Says City Council Action On Mountain Creek Zoning Case "Highly Irregular And Highly Illegal"

The City Council on Tuesday night took action on a Mountain Creek zoning case, though attorney Sam Elliott said it was "highly irregular and highly illegal." The council voted 7-2 to instruct the city attorney to file a new zoning case on a section of the former Quarry golf course against the wishes of the owner of the property and the developer who plans to buy it. Attorney ... (click for more)

Why Can't Someone Unstop The Water Buildup Problem At The I-24 Cummings Highway Exit? - And Response

Exit 174 on westbound Interstate 24 is closed again as is the westbound entrance ramp. Cummings Highway is shut as well. I inquired at TDOT on Dec. 28, 2015, why this continues to happen. The engineer’s response was that the drain from ground west of the interstate runs under private land and cover over it has caused that pipe to collapse. Obviously flow still goes through, ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: ‘We’ll Lose The Senate!’

A guy who I admire and respect wrote me yesterday. He had just read my story defending Bob Corker for honoring “The Code” due to his true friendship with Phil Bredesen. He is also no stranger to my vivid dislike of the Republican choice to replace Corker in the Senate. Marsha Blackburn is no match against Bredesen on any tier and it is clearly the Republican Party itself that has ... (click for more)