School starts in Edmond Tuesday, August 20 and that means time to slow down in those school zones. To help everyone remember, Edmond Police will be out in full force not just one day but TWO this year. Extra Officers will be out monitoring the streets Tuesday, August 20 and again Wednesday, August 21.
It has been a long hot summer, and every summer motorists get used to not having to slow down in school zones. Every year we have quite a few drivers speeding through school zones the first few days after school starts. Not only are some drivers speeding, but the kids going back to school are so excited those first few days back, seeing their friends and teachers they are not paying attention to traffic. So drivers have to be extra cautious as they approach area schools and not just watch their speed, but also watch for a child that may dart into the street.
The goal of the extra Police presence during the first few days of school is not to write tickets, but to try to keep our children as safe as possible, and to get drivers back in the habit of driving safely through school zones. Also remember when you are driving and a school bus has the STOP arm out to load and unload children, traffic in BOTH directions must stop until the school bus moves on.
A ticket for speeding in a school zone is $249. So just remember to give yourself some extra time to get where you are going once school starts. Slow down in those school zones to help keep children safe, and if you are not speeding in a school zone, you won’t have to worry about having to pay a $249 fine.
Working with the community, we hope to have a safe accident free opening to our school year.
All information is from a City of Edmond press release. Follow the link for more details about the City of Edmond.