CPD indicated a tightening and strict ticketing policy in this area in order to uphold student safety. The press release also emphasized that it is illegal to pass on the right.

The Camdenton Police Department is reminding drivers on S. Business 5 to observe the speed limit and “use utmost caution” at a crosswalk near the school frequently used by students.

“We appreciate the combined cooperation and patience of all drivers using this roadway with school traffic. By working together we can make this area as safe as possible for everyone, especially our children,” a release from the CPD stated.

CPD indicated a tightening and strict ticketing policy in this area in order to uphold student safety. The press release also emphasized that it is illegal to pass on the right.

The speed limit from the downtown square at Business Route 5 and US Highway 54 past the area of the Camdenton Middle School and Dogwood Elementary School is 30 miles per hour.

“This must be strictly maintained at all times,” the release stated. “A traffic summons will be issued when it is violated and detected by a police officer.”

The crosswalk in question is located next to the intersection of S. Business 5 and Sherman Street, in front of First Baptist Church. Signs mark the crosswalk, and the Community Service Officer’s vehicle sits at this location in the mornings and afternoon - around 7:45 to 8:20 a.m. and 3 to 3:45 p.m. - as students arrive and depart for the day. On Fridays, Camdenton Schools release one hour early, and the times for the afternoon crosswalk changes to 2 to 2:45 p.m.

“We encourage every driver to cautiously approach the area of the crosswalk at a speed below the posted speed limit. If there are children entering the crosswalk to cross the roadway, the community service officer will be there to stop traffic, but she has witnessed drivers traveling much too fast to be able to stop promptly and safely on numerous occasions,” the release states.

The officer has also observed vehicles leaving the roadway across the solid white to pass on the right, according to the information from the CPD. This is a traffic offense, and the CPD is increasing officer presence at the site to prevent this from occurring.

Although there were no children present during the illegal passing incidents observed by the community service officer, the CPD reminds drivers that children can approach at any time, and it is “necessary without exception for every driver to remain in their designated lane of travel.”