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School zone speed limits, public alerts, scams in news

School time

With the start of school, we must adjust our driving habits and remember the speed rule in school zones. As a refresher, between the hours of 7 a.m. and 5 p.m. on the days schools are in session, the speed limit in a school zone is 20 mph; at schools that have amber lights, the speed is 20 mph when the lights are flashing.

However, it is a good practice to always slow to 20 mph when near a school and children are present.

It is also important to be aware that during early morning and afternoon hours, children are being picked up or discharged from school buses. When you see a school bus, and its red lights are flashing, you must stop and allow the children to get on or off the bus. Failure to do so can lead to a citation with a base fine of over $400!

In King City, Fischer Road, Beef Bend Road and 131 Avenue are areas where you'll most likely encounter a school bus picking up or discharging children.

Public alerts (reverse 911)

Recently there has been much information distributed about a system called "Public Alerts."

Commonly the system is referred to a reverse 911, this system permits public safety personnel to have the communication center alert residents and businesses in a specific area with a taped message over landline phones relating to a dangerous or hazardous situation. Usually the message will provide information about a situation along with pertinent instructions.

For those individuals or businesses without landline phones who want notification through their cell phone, email, text-messaging, or other devices, they can register by going to www.Publicalerts.org.

On this website a person or business can register for the service to their non landline device.

Remember, if you have a landline phone, you are already in the system and need no register.

Scams keep coming

The Oregon attorney general warns of a new twist to an old scam. The new scam is called the "Green Dot Sweepstakes." This effort to take your money involves the purchase of a "Green Dot Moneypak" credit card.

The scam starts with a phone call to you announcing that you have won a sweepstakes prize.

However, to claim your prize, you must purchase a pre-paid credit card required to cover taxes and fees.

The essence of the ruse is to get your information for the prepaid credit card.

The Oregon attorney general reminds people that when receiving calls to provide information as a means to collect a prize, you should not provide any information and call either the police department and notify the Oregon Department of Justice Consumer Hotline at 1-877-877-9392.

Remember, as with other scams, never give out personal or financial information or do not send money.

Golf cart decals

Just a reminder if you use your golf cart on city streets, the Municipal Code requires you to have a free city decal on your golf cart and your golf cart information on file.

Decals can be acquired at the King City City Hall front desk Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and noon, and 1 to 5 p.m.

Any questions regarding this matter should be directed to Sam at 503-639-4082.

Until next time, be good, be neighborly, and be safe.