Today’s the first day of school in Carson Valley |

Today’s the first day of school in Carson Valley

Staff Reports

Kurt HildebrandMotorists pass by the school sign on Highway 395 in Gardnerville. The lights on the sign are flashing this morning.

With the opening of school this morning, Sheriff Ron Pierini reminds drivers that they should anticipate an increase in child pedestrian activity – particularly around school zones.

“It is important that drivers obey the posted speed limit when traveling through a school zone, and to be vigilant for children crossing the roadways. The minimum fine for a speeding violation within a school zone is $150,” Sheriff’s Spokesman Sgt. Jim Halsey said.

Deputies of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office will be strictly enforcing the traffic laws in and around our schools and at the school bus stops, according to Halsey.

Drivers are reminded that they must bring their vehicle to a complete stop when encountering a school bus that is displaying a flashing red signal.

Fines for failing to stop for a school bus range from $225 for passing on the driver’s side of the bus, to $837 for passing on the loading side of the bus.

“Sheriff Pierini wishes everyone a safe and accident free school year,” Halsey said. “Please drive responsibly.”

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