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Schools Open Next Week, Be Cautious of Children

St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar is warning residents and visitors that with schools opening next week, drivers need to be cautious of children walking or riding to school or waiting at bus stops throughout the county.

Sheriff’s Office PSA’s and uniformed deputies will be dispatched to any areas where there may be traffic congestion in an effort to alleviate problems. In addition, deputies will be at school zones around the county to monitor those zones and to issue citations.

Motorists are reminded that speeding fines are doubled if they occur in a school zone. Deputies will also be in unmarked vehicles seeking any motorists who pass stopped
school buses while loading and unloading students. As a reminder traffic in both directions must come to a complete stop for school buses that are stopped, displaying the “stop” signal. If the roadway is separated by a median of at least five feet wide, motorists traveling in the opposite direction are exempt from stopping.

Sheriff Shoar urges motorists to use extreme care and allow for additional travel time as schools get back in session. He adds, “I urge all drivers to take extra precaution at school bus stops where eager youngsters may dart into the street as the bus arrives.”

Students who walk to school should do so on a sidewalk if it is available. If there is no sidewalk, students should walk against the flow of traffic and be sure to cross at marked crosswalks. Those riding bicycles should remember to ride against the flow of traffic and to follow all traffic signs and signals.

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