Monday, September 5, 2011

Waunakee Police Department Newletter September 2011

School's Back in Session
September 1st brings the start of the new school year. With that comes an increase in pedestrial and vehicle traffic in school zones. The time just before and after school can be dangerous for pedestrials and drivers. This is why the speed limit in school zones and at school crossings is 15 mph. Drivers are reminded to slow down and be attentive.

Many intersections immediately surrounding school zones have crossing guards to assist children in crossing the crossing the street; however, not all do. At intersections with crossing guards present, drivers must stop not less than 10 feet from the crossing guard and allow the crossing guard to fully exit the roadway before proceeding through. At intersections where a crossing guard is not present, children and adult pedestrians in crosswalks have the right-of-way. Drivers must stop and allow a pedestrian in a crosswalk to cross the street.

It is also important for parents who will be picking up children to be aware of no parking zones. No parking zones around the schools are marked with "no parking" signs and/or yellow curbing. These zones were created to assist in loading children on buses and allowing for greater visibility and safer traffic flow. Parking in "No Parking" zones can have dangerous consequences.

Waunakee officers increase patrols in school zone during the times children are present. Officers will be enforcing traffic laws in the school zones to ensure the safety of the children and others present.

Local Tribute to 10 year Anniversary of 9/11
The Friends of Waunakee Performing Arts (FWPA) will sponsor an event called "Waunakee Remembers" commemorating the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks on the World Trade Center. It will be held on Sunday, September 11, at 2:00 p.m. in the High School Performing Arts Center. This event will feature music by the Waunakee Community Band and a local combined choir, as well readings by drama students and a tribute to our local fire department, police department, EMS, VFW and American Legion Post 360. The free event is scheduled to last approximately one hour. Refreshments will be served.

Waunakee PD Participate in "Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over".
Waunakee Emergency Services Citizen's Academy

Waunakee Police, Fire, and EMS are pleased to announce the 2011 Waunakee Emergency Services Citizen's Academy program starting September 7, 2011. Participants will meet on Wednesday evenings 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. for 9 consecutive weeks. The Citizen's Academy is a "hands on" program. The goal of the program is to give participants a better understanding of Police, Fire, and EMS duties and responsibilities. During simulations, participatns will be able to assume the role of the Police Officer, Firefighter, and Emergency Medical Technician. Participants will have the opporutnity to drive police cars, learn hands on defense and arrest tactics, take part in simulated deadly force scenarios, use multiple pieces of fire department equipment and learn important life saving techniques. The class is limited to 14 participants. Requirements: You must be at least 18 years of age. Preference will be given to Village of Waunakee residents. Applications due September 2, 2011. Applications can be obtained by contacting Officer Adam Kreitzman at 849-4523 or emailing Questions can be sent to Questions submitted may be featured in future newsletters. The person submitting the question will not be identified.