Travel Safely as New School Year Begins on Monday

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News Release: Leon County Sheriff's Office
August 15, 2014

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office will be stepping up traffic enforcement as the new school year gets started in Leon County. Deputies will be actively pat rolling the high traffic areas near schools during peak times and focusing specifically on the school zones, crosswalks and bus stops. Deputies will be monitoring traffic for speeders and aggressive drivers.

The Leon County Sheriff’s Office reminds early morning commuters that school zones are always busy and traffic congestion is an issue early in the school year. Motorists are encouraged to leave early as the areas near our schools will be crowded. Also, small children may be playing along the roadside, near crosswalks and near bus stops, so motorists are urged to use extreme caution in and around these high traffic areas.

Sheriff Larry Campbell said, “Public safety is our number one priority. By planning ahead and giving ourselves more time to get where we are going, we can all start the new school year safely.”

LCSO reminds everyone to:

  • Be aware of school zones and the changes in the speed limit

  • Be mindful of children walking near schools, crosswalks and bus stops

  • Pay attention and follow the directions of the School Crossing Guards

  • Drive with your lights on in inclem ent weather and low light conditions

  • Do not pass school buses picking up or dropping off students

  • Allow more time to reach your destination

  • Have a great and safe new school year

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