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Fair warning: Slow down in active school zones

Classes are back in session in western Washington County

School began for many children in Washington County Tuesday.

Washington County Sheriff’s deputies serving Cornelius are reminding drivers that all Cornelius schools were back in session on Sept. 1 and that means the speed limit in school zones is 20 mph.

Cornelius Police Department officials ask drivers to be safe and extra cautious as schools begin. There is a new flashing speed advisory sign on North Adair in front of Cornelius Elementary School.

Drivers must pay attention and watch for all school zone flashing lights and signs that advise motorists of the busiest times for children to be present. Drivers should also be alert for school buses to stop often and unexpectedly. Children are the least predictable pedestrians and the most difficult to see. Take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but also in residential areas, playgrounds and parks.

Many children ride their bicycles to school and may be in the roadway, on the sidewalk or behind a vehicle as it backs out of a driveway.

Sheriff’s deputies respond to complaints of speeding drivers in school zones every year. A number of the speeding drivers are parents dropping off their children at school.

Plan ahead and expect traffic delays around all schools, especially during the first week. Drivers are reminded to stop behind the crosswalk and not obstruct the designated crossing area.

Drivers are also cautioned that speeding in a school zone doubles the presumptive fine.


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