The Safety Council of Greater St Louis is hosting a class called “Alive @25”. It is a highly-interactive course for young adults and newly licensed drivers. The four-hour course focuses on the unique challenges faced by young drivers and shows them how to take greater responsibility for their driving behavior.
Class are held from 9:00am-1:00pm on these dates: Feb 27, Mar 26, Apr 23, May 28 and Jun 25. There is no cost. To register, call Chris Merli at 314-621-9200. You can also sign-up at http://www.stlsafety.org.
Lately, we have heard concerns from Brentwood citizens in regards to traffic concerns in and around our schools. Speeding, inattention, congestion, are the frequent complaints. Suggestions include increased police presence, change in traffic patterns, more signs, turn this way and turn that way, and many others.
These concerns are not new. They have been around as long as schools and cars have coexisted. Our schools have been in the same location for many years. The change, over the years, has been the number of kids who are driven to school.
Our schools have tried to set up safety guidelines and traffic patterns that will best ensure the safety of their students. They do this because they genuinely care about the safety of their students.
Our department has set up enforcement details and tried to have more of a presence during the high traffic times, but we cannot be there all the time.
The responsibility for the safety of the children rests solely with those driving near the schools. The residents in the neighborhoods adjoining the schools and the general public who drive through our town, share some that responsibility, however, the parents driving their kids to school are the ones who will determine the success of any safety initiative.
Every morning, before I come to work at the PD, I make a point to drive by at least one of our schools. I drive really slow. I stop at the stop signs for several seconds. If the guy driving behind me is irritated; too bad. All of us need to bring it down a notch when we drive by our schools. Take your time. Pay attention. Obey your schools traffic guidelines for drop-off and pick-up. It is our responsibility to drive safely around our schools. Our kids deserve our best effort.
Missouri law requires all children under the age of eight to be in an appropriate child safety seat unless they are 80 lbs or 4’9″ tall.
The Brentwood Police Department is joining with law enforcement September 13-19 for an aggressive Child Safety Passenger Week Law Enforcement Campaign to crack down on Missouri’s child safety seat law violators and to reduce roadway fatalities and injuries to children.
Car crashes are the number one killer of kids. Nearly 73 percent of all child restraints are not used correctly. Is your child safe?
The BPD emphasizes regular child safety seat and safety belt use is the single most effective way to protect people and reduce fatalities in motor vehicle crashes.
For more information, visit http://www.saveMOlives.com.
Weather forecasts for the next few days are predicting large amounts of rain due to Bill. A similar weather pattern dumped a lot of rain on Brentwood in September 2008. On that Sunday afternoon, Brentwood was flooded in many areas. Manchester Road, between Mary Ave. and Cecelia Ave., Brentwood Blvd. at Russell Ave, Hanley Industrial Court, Brentwood Industrial Court, Brentshire Walk Apartments, and several other streets were flooded for a good part of the day.
Now is the time to prepare for the possible evacuation of your property. If the streets become flooded, road closures will be the result. In 2008, the only way out of Brentwood was north. Always follow the directions of public safety officers. Do not try to drive through flooded streets.
Updates on safety concerns, road closures, etc. will be available here, and on our Facebook page, on Nextdoor and at the City of Brentwood website.
Be careful out there.
Several incidents lately of pedestrians, bicyclists and others being struck on roadways in the St. Louis area. How many times do you want to make that turn on to Brentwood Blvd., and there is someone waiting to cross? You try to gun it to make your turn before they step off the sidewalk. Problem is, everyone behind you follows the leader, and the pedestrian is at risk.
When driving, the law states you must yield to the person legally crossing the street at the crosswalk. Always.
When walking, always cross at the crosswalk and follow traffic signals. Never assume the car is going to stop, just because their light is red. If you are walking at night, be visible. When you cross, avoid talking/texting on your cell phone. PAY ATTENTION!
Let’s all be careful out there.