Greetings BES Parents!
We are seeing improvements in carpool safety. There are less reports of students being let out on Briarlake Rd to walk up the hill. Parents are being considerate of the 2 lane rotation and pulling in beyond the portico to allow for more cars! Also, more parents have refrained from getting out of the car to let children out on the left side. The challenge has been tough, but we are working to see improvements in safety and the decrease of student tardies.
However, in meeting one goal, other concerns have developed, including parents speeding through the neighborhoods
continuing to make illegal left turns.
We would hope the reasons these present a challenge would be obvious and should naturally affect change, but it has not.
- Just recently a parent and her daughter, along with their large dog, walking to school with a flashlight to alert oncoming drivers of their presence experienced being just a foot or so shy of being hit by a speeding white Mazda X5 driven by a Briarlake parent on Cedar Canyon.
- Last year a community member going for a morning run was hit when someone made an illegal left turn into BES driveway.
This is shared not to cause a scare, but to heighten awareness of a very serious problem. In haste, accidents happen, and no one wants to be the cause of a very serious injury.
The goal is to be a driving force of safety that creates an environment that affords us the luxury of being able to safely enjoy walking to school. To continue in this endeavor the following is asked of our BES family community.
1. SLOW DOWN!
Leave home in enough time to enter carpool by 7:15 am. Our observations are that from 7:10-7:20 carpool is almost empty! From 7:25-7:40, it resembles 285 rush hour traffic. Mondays and Wednesdays are also high traffic days. Be a part of the solution! Enter carpool by 7:15 am.
Keep the flow of traffic moving by pulling in well past the portico and following the direction of staff on duty. Our efficiency resides in how quickly and effectively we can pull in as many cars as possible for drop off before having to stop traffic.
Be kind. Our staff and parent volunteers are in place to keep our students safe and to assist with the flow of traffic. Please do not yell at them in moments of frustration.
BES Arrival Team will:
Work to keep a hired officer on duty to monitor illegal left turns and the flow of traffic exiting to Lavista Rd.
Increase efficiency by quickly and effectively pulling in as many cars as possible for drop off before having to stop traffic. We will work to pull in 6 to 8 cars for drop off before stopping for pedestrians. Staff will step out to ensure safety for pedestrians crossing while cars are stopped for drop off.
Position the white A-frame out front at 7:35 to indicate we are approaching the 7:40 tardy bell.
Ask DeKalb County Police Dept. to conduct a study of the current traffic realities within the Briarlake community. Are more sidewalks needed? Speed bumps? Signage? Lights?
Walkers and bikers:
Wear a reflector jacket or more than one reflector/light on your body in the front and back. One flash light or reflector does not give a good sense of what is ahead. It is very scary for a driver, even traveling at appropriate speeds, to approach a person and not know it is a person until they are just within feet of them.
2. Walkers: Walk against/facing traffic
if you have to walk on a road that does not have sidewalks.
You are less likely able to protect yourself from cars you don't see approaching from behind. However, it is safest to walk on sidewalks and crosswalks. Avoid walking in traffic where there are no sidewalks or crosswalks.
Ride with traffic.
Riding against traffic puts you where drivers aren't looking for you especially, the motorists entering and leaving the roadway at intersections and driveways do not expect traffic (bicycle) to approach from the wrong direction. Remember, it is always safest to do what is expected. Ride with traffic to be seen.
Avoid wearing dark colors (black, blue, brown, purple etc...)
If you should need to cross traffic, wait for staff to stop traffic. We understand that you are capable of crossing the traffic; however, we have 2 carpool goals that include safety and efficiency. Our efficiency resides in how quickly and effectively we can pull in as many cars as possible for drop off before having to stop traffic.
More information on safety can be found at:
If you have additional suggestions, please email our parent
Safe Routes to School
lead, Linda Coil at
We are destined for greatness and will arrive as One School. One Community. Realizing ONE SUCCESS!
Thank you for your continued support.