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Kids' safety on minds of local police as school year begins

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By Lakisha Jackson By Lakisha Jackson

ST. LOUIS (KMOV.COM) -- As the school year has started or is about to start for schools in the Metro-East, the Illinois State Police would like to remind drivers to be extra cautious when driving near schools and bus stops.

Illinois State Police says now that school has started drivers should expect an increase in traffic during the morning and evening commutes.  Drivers should also be on the look out for children walking and riding their bikes to and from school.  They also want to make sure drivers are watching for kids running out from between parked cars.

School zones are one place police want drivers to slow down and limit any distractions.

“As school begins remember to slow down and pay attention while driving through school zones.”  stated Captain B. Parsons.  “Not only do we want our children to be safe while they are in school, we also want them to be safe going to and coming home from school.”

The speed in all school zones is 20 m.p.h. from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and any driver caught speeding could face a fine of $150. It is also illegal to talk on a cell phone in a school zone and texting and driving is illegal in the entire state of Illinois. The fine for talking or texting on the phone in a school zone is $120.

Motorist must also remember to stop when a school bus has activated its lights and the stop sign is extended. Drivers who fail to stop can face a fine of $150 and a three month suspension of their driver's license. Pedestrians also have the right-of-way in a cross walk.

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