Safety on the streets is a priority in Mishawaka

Kids in Mishawaka are aware that the new school year has begun, but how aware are motorists?

On Tuesday the city went the extra mile to make sure that the streets were safe for kids on their way to and from school.

Their efforts included something new: the use of fire trucks as billboards. The fire trucks were fitted with large signs and parked in school zones.

“Our kids are actually on the sidewalks, crossing the streets and headed back to school. So you need to slow down, get off the cell phones, and pay attention to the speed limits and the school zones,” said Lieutenant Tim Williams, of the Mishawaka Police Department.

The Mishawaka district is unique since the students do not have the option of riding busses and many of the schools are located on the city's busiest streets.

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