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Authorities remind public to be aware of school zone's reopening

Tuesday, August 9, 2011 - 11:50am

The Bossier City Police Department is reminding motors that school zone enforcement will be in effect with the start of classes on Wednesday, August 10, 2011 for Bossier schools. Beginning that day officers will be stationed at various locations issuing tickets to motorists who speed in activated school zones. Anyone who receives a ticket for speeding in a school zone in Bossier City must make a mandatory appearance in city court. The court determines fines for violators.

The start of a new school year can often cause anxiety in children and as a result many don’t focus their attention on traffic so drivers need to be particularly cautious during times when children are arriving and leaving school. Since motorists have driven all summer without having to adhere to school zone speed limits, Bossier City Police advise them to leave for work a little earlier than usual during the morning hours once school zone are in affect so that they are not rushed and can compensate for any delays.

Motorists should also be aware of crossing guards and drive with care in the vicinity of school buses. State law says cars must stop on both sides of an undivided roadway when a school bus is stopped and flashing its red lights while children are loading and unloading. Violators are subject to fines between $100 and $500 and to having their driver’s license suspended. Violators can also face up to six months in jail.

Information From Bossier City Police Department

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