Message from the Waltham Police Department
The Waltham Police Department recognizes the frustration that accompanies the delays and detours that motorists must take in relation to the MWRA project on Lexington Street. With school back in session, we are urging all drivers to be more alert on the road to ensure the safety of students, motorists, pedestrians and all who use our roadways. Below are some factors to consider when operating your vehicle:
Slow down -Adhere to speed limits and be aware of the change in speed limits in school zone areas. By slowing down, you are doing your part in keeping others, as well as yourself, from getting hurt.
Eliminate distractions - Staying focused on the roadway is not only your responsibility, it's the law. Refrain from texting or using the phone while operating a vehicle. People often cross the road unexpectedly and may emerge suddenly from between parked vehicles. Research shows that taking your eyes off the road for merely two seconds doubles your chances of crashing.
Reverse responsibly - Every vehicle has blind spots -Check for people who may be around your vehicle, on the sidewalk or driveway before slowly backing up. Keep your radio at a volume that allows you to hear other vehicle horns or voices that may be trying to alert you.
Come to a complete stop - Research demonstrates that more than one-third of drivers roll through stop signs in school zones and neighborhoods. Always bring your vehicle to a complete stop, checking carefully for people on sidewalks and in crosswalks, before proceeding.
Watch for bicycles -Bicyclists may be inexperienced, unsteady, and unpredictable. More importantly, they may not be aware of approaching vehicles. Slow down and allow at least four feet of passing distance between your vehicle and the bicycle.
The Waltham Police Department is committed to the safety of our students and residents. By following these suggestions and obeying all the rules of the road, you are doing your part in keeping our roadways safe. We will be enforcing traffic laws in the area throughout the school year and appreciate your cooperation in maintaining public safety
Additional information can be found here: Transportation Updates
Expect delays and allow yourselves up to an additional 30 minutes to arrive at school.