August is back to school month for children residing in Beau Chene. The school buses are back running through the community and the children are out waiting to be picked up or dropped off at their bus stops. This is a great time to remind everyone of traffic and safety concerns. Our speed limit throughout the entire community is 25 MPH for vehicles. School buses are in the community to pick up children from 6:00AM to 8:30AM and drop-off between the hours of 2:45PM and 4:45PM. It is never acceptable to pass a stopped school bus in either direction on our roads! Please drive with care and follow all posted traffic signs.
Although our streets are private within Beau Chene, the St. Tammany Parish Sheriffs Department has the legal authority to enforce speed limits, stop sign and yield sign violations, parking violations, driver’s license violations and other violations of parish motor vehicle laws. This authority goes back to a 1979 ordinance passed by the St. Tammany Parish Police Jury at the request of the BCHOA Board of Directors and updated in 2002 by an ordinance passed by the St. Tammany Parish Council.
The Sheriff’s Office sends patrols, including patrols from the Traffic Division, into Beau Chene on a regular basis. In addition, BCHOA pays for extra Sheriff Deputy Details on Friday and Saturday evenings and we are continuing the extra paid deputy details a couple of mornings per week during select weeks when schools are in session. These extra patrols are here to help remind all of us to drive with care.
-Cristina Donovan, CAO