School resumes, speeds reduce |

School resumes, speeds reduce

Staff Reports
Ron Pierini

All Douglas County schools will begin classes on Monday.

Drivers should anticipate an increase in child pedestrian activity, especially in and around the school zones and crosswalks, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Drivers should also allow extra time getting to their destination in the morning and afternoon, Douglas County Sheriff’s Sgt. Pat Brooks said on Wednesday.

“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,” he said. “The minimum fine for a speeding violation within a school zone is $153.”

Douglas County Sheriff’s Deputies will be strictly enforcing the traffic laws in and around our schools and at the school bus stops.

“Drivers are reminded that they are obligated to bring their vehicles to a stop when meeting or overtaking a school bus displaying a flashing red signal,” Brooks said.

Fines for failing to obey a school crossing guard is $138 and failing to stop for a school bus range from $228 for passing on the driver’s side of the bus, to $840 for passing on the loading side of the bus.

“The only exception to this law is that a driver need not stop upon a divided roadway when the school bus has stopped on the opposite side of the roadway,” he said.

“I wish everyone a safe and accident free school year,” Sheriff Ron Pierini said.