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March 10, 2022, Canton, MI – The Canton Police Department is continuing to focus its efforts on traffic safety around local school buildings in the community. The department has received numerous complaints about traffic around various schools in the area, specifically motorists disregarding traffic controls around the Plymouth-Canton Educational Park (Canton, Plymouth and Salem High Schools) during the past week.
“For various reasons, there are many more students driving or being dropped off at the high schools, causing traffic jams on Beck, Gyde, Joy and Canton Center Roads,” said Deputy Chief Craig Wilsher. “These backups are prompting vehicles to disregard traffic control devices and use the left turn lane as a through lane,” he added.
In an effort to promote safety and educate drivers, the department has assigned additional patrol units to select school areas during peak problem hours (morning arrival and afternoon dismissal). In addition to this increased traffic enforcement, police encourage drivers to take advantage of other methods to help alleviate the long lines of traffic such as carpooling or using alternate routes if possible.
“Drivers who pass by schools on their routes going elsewhere are encouraged to use alternate roads to avoid being caught up in the congestion,” Wilsher said. “Motorists who are trying to get to the schools should follow all traffic controls and remain patient while waiting to enter the school property,” he added.
The Canton Police Department will continue to assist with the traffic issues as Plymouth-Canton Community Schools works to resolve the issues.