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School Begins Aug 22: Attention Parents and Teen Drivers

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Another school year is about to begin in our community.

The Arvada Police Department's Traffic Unit has as their goal to increase safety in school zones and the surrounding areas.

Every year the police department receives numerous traffic and parking complaints around our schools.  The most common are for

  • speeding,
  • failing to stop at stop signs,
  • unsafe u-turns, and
  • a variety of parking violations.    

Many of the neighborhood streets around the four high schools have resident-only permit parking. All students are encouraged to respect the homeowners’ right to have parking space available near their homes during those specific hours.  

Parents are encouraged to reinforce the importance of following these rules and guidelines with their teenagers.

Frequently significant traffic delay/congestion occurs directly in front of the schools’ entrances. This could be alleviated by dropping students off a short distance from the school and allowing them to walk a half block, instead of providing curbside escort to the school entrance.  

Parents:   remind your teen of the laws that restrict minor drivers from transporting more than one passenger for one year. Be sure to caution your teen about the laws and dangers of cell phone use and texting while driving.  

In order to keep the community safe, especially at our schools and the surrounding areas, increased traffic enforcement will begin the first day of school and will remain in place throughout the school year. There will be increased enforcement before school, after school, and during the lunch hours.   

There are obvious consequences from traffic tickets – court appearances, costly fines, increased insurance premiums, and loss of driving privileges.  If traffic law violations occur and the student is contacted by an officer, a summons will be issued.  There are no warning tickets.

If you have any questions, or would like to contact the Traffic Enforcement Unit, call the Arvada Police Department at 720-898-6900


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