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      Slowing down in school zones

      As students head back to school on Monday, there are some rules that motorists may have forgotten during the summer months.

      Upon approaching a school zone it is important to remember that there may be people using crosswalks to walk to/from home and more cars entering traffic. Special speed limits have been posted for everyone's protection.

      School zones signs are posted near all schools and the times that the speed limit changes may overlap. Near elementary schools, the speed limit changes between 7:15 and 8:15 in the morning and between 2:15 and 3:15 in the afternoon. For middle schools, speed limit changes happen between 7:30 and 8:30 a.m. and between 3-4 p.m. High schools start a little later and changes in the speed limit happen between 7:45-8:45 a.m. and 3:45-4:45 pm.

      School buses will be transporting children to and from school. Remember that when a bus is on the road and has on its' flashing red lights, traffic in all directions has to stop. The only time that oncoming traffic doesn't have to stop is if a median separates the way of travel.

      There will be police officers on duty who will start giving tickets, without a warning, to those that speed in school zones and for those who don't stop when a school bus has its' flashing red lights on.