APD’s message to drivers for the start of school

The Asheville Police Department reminds drivers to be careful and observant as City of Asheville and Buncombe County students prepare to return to school.

Please remember that traffic will be congested near city schools and plan your route accordingly. Remember to look for kids at bus stops and be aware of when you need to stop for a school bus.

When a school bus has stopped to pick up or drop off students, traffic in both directions must stop on two lane roads, two lane roads with a center turning lane and on four lane roadways without a center turn lane or median divider (for example Merrimon Ave. or Charlotte St.)

On four lane roads with a center divider or median separation of a center turn lane, only traffic following the school bus needs to stop. Be aware that school zone speed limits will be enforced by Officers using radar.