GOOD FOR YOU: Windsor officials join emergency responders in promoting back-to-school safety |

GOOD FOR YOU: Windsor officials join emergency responders in promoting back-to-school safety

James Redmond

Window's town board joined police officers and emergency responders at the crosswalk near Windsor Middle School Thursday morning to welcome students back to school and remind the whole town to drive safely.

Although town officials chose the newly finished crosswalk at 9th and Main streets to promote safety, Windsor Police Department and Windsor Severance Fire Rescue staff posted up at multiple intersections throughout the Windsor-Severance Re-4 School District. Before and after school Thursday and Friday police and fire rescue staff helped safely kick off the new school year, and they'll be back around the district Monday through Friday this week too.

Windsor's director of engineering, Dennis Wagner, worked the crosswalk button and greeted students and their parents with a smile and his brightly colored safety vest. Just across the street Windsor Police Chief Rick Klimek waved and welcomed students back to school.

Windsor's mayor, Kristie Melendez, town board members and even Town Administrator Kelly Arnold took turns leading groups of students across Main Street and giving them a town of Windsor pen to use during their new school year.

Although some of the festivities celebrated the town's collaboration with the Colorado Department of Transportation to install the new traffic control lights and crosswalk, it mostly was about promoting safety, Melendez said.

"The most important thing is safety," she said. "I'm hoping that this draws some attention to that."

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With the town growing so much the number of drivers on the roads and kids walking to school have increased, too, Klimek said. The Windsor police officers stationed at school crossings around the town Thursday and Friday can hopefully provide a visual reminder to everybody to stay aware of their surroundings and have a safe day, he said.

"This is one more example of how everyone in (Windsor) works together," said school district Superintendent Dan Seegmiller Thursday as he joined the local officials outside of Windsor Middle School. "Look at how busy it is. "We just want to make sure kids get to school safely."

Drive safe

Town of Windsor officials reminded drivers to pay special attention in school zones.

“In school zones, drivers are asked to pay attention, put down cell phones and slow down in an effort to keep children safe,” stated a news release from the town of Windsor. “The speed limit in a school zone is 20 mph when children are present, except for the 30 mph zone on Main Street. Fines are doubled in school zones during school times.”