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Slow down near schools, police warn





Hays Police Chief Don Scheibler gave a reminder to motorists about school zones in a city news conference last week.

Scheibler said there have been 17 violations in 2013 of vehicles passing a stopped school bus with lights flashing and stop sign extended.

"This continues to be a problem," Scheibler said. "We want to remind people the most valuable resource in our community would be our students."

Scheibler said speeding in school zones also is an issue.

The speed limit in school zones is 20 miles per hour, unless otherwise posted. Scheibler said so far in 2013, there have been more than 250 speeding citations issued.

Also at the news conference:

* The Hays Fire Department gave reminders of kitchen safety tips as part of national fire prevention week from Sunday through Oct. 12.

Cooking is the leading cause of house fires, with two out of five originating in the kitchen. Safety tips include staying in the kitchen while cooking; if residents have young children, back burners should be used, if possible. Items such as potholders, oven mitts and other flammable materials should be kept away from the stovetop.

The Hays Fire Department has a supply of smoke and carbon monoxide alarms that can be installed at no cost to seniors or families on fixed incomes. Firefighters also will assist in installing smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, as well as changing batteries.

* A reminder was given about the city's annual alley cleanup, which starts Oct. 14. Refuse trucks will make one pass through the city to pick up items, which should be sorted into four groups and placed into piles. Items eligible for pickup are: trees and brush, construction demolition debris, white goods and metal, and municipal waste.

Customers with curbside service will have their items picked up first. It will take approximately one week for trucks to make it through all of the alleys.