The first day of classes for Dublin City Schools is Wednesday, August 15, 2018. With school starting, the Dublin Police Department asks that parents and students alike remember a few things to make the excitement of a new school year as safe as possible.
Above all, please remember to drive with extra care during school hours, especially when students are arriving or leaving school grounds. In Ohio, the speed limit in marked school zones is 20 mph “during school recess and while children are going to or leaving school.” Be especially aware of not driving while distracted by mobile devices, GPS, reading material, or anything else that takes your mind or your hands off the wheel. JUST DRIVE…
- All students and staff in our schools can help to prevent thefts by taking a few simple precautions:
- Don’t leave items of value in plain view in your cars on school grounds.
- Lock your lockers to prevent easy access to valuables.
- Don’t leave valuables, backpacks, or purses laying around in locker rooms, class rooms, or hallways where they may be an inviting target for thieves.
- Parents and students should know that, as significant school events approach (proms, athletic events, etc.) the Police Department usually receives an increase in complaints about underage drinking, specifically, parties with underage drinking. We ask that parents and students take note of the these facts:
- According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, alcohol continues to be the drug of choice for our country’s youth. Each year approximately 5,000 young people under the age of 21 die as a result of underage drinking; this includes about 1,900 deaths from motor vehicle crashes as well as hundreds of others from accidental falls and drownings.
- Parents and students should remember that Dublin’s Social Host law allows police to prosecute adults or underage youth who “negligently” allow the possession or consumption of alcohol by underage people on their property. This law also applies to parties that occur outside the home, such as in hotel rooms or banquet halls, and could apply even if you are not present during the party. The maximum penalty for a violation of the social host law is six months jail time and a $1,000 fine.
As always, the Dublin Police Department Community Education Unit has officers assigned to our middle schools and three high schools in the Dublin City School District. Our officers are in the schools as a resource to the students and staff to help maintain the safest possible environment for our young citizens to learn and grow.
The first weeks of school should provide lots of excitement for students, and perhaps a little relief for parents. The Dublin Police Department would like this school year to be safe and productive for everyone in our community.
Remember: Call 9-1-1 immediately to stop a crime, report a fire or save a life. To report a crime that has already occurred, suspicious activity or any other non-emergency situation, please contact the Dublin Police at 614.889.1112.
Heinz von Eckartsberg – Chief of Police