GCSO: reminders for parents, motorists as kids head back to school

GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) – The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office released a statement reminding parents that the biggest test their children could face in heading back to school may not be in the classroom, but on the journey to and from school.

Parents should talk to their children about safety regardless if they are walking, riding a bus, riding a bike, riding with friends or driving to school. Additionally, always know where your children are before and after school.

Back to school time is also a call to citizens, as motorists, to use extra caution around bus stops and schools. Keep in mind the following recommendations:

• Allow extra travel time.

• Slow down and be patient.

• Drive defensively.

• Watch for children.

• Obey all traffic laws and traffic control officers.

The Georgetown County Sheriff's Office has a Zero Tolerance in School Zones Campaign that lasts throughout the school year, but especially the first week or so of school. Deputies are assigned to school zones and will be strictly enforcing traffic laws. This campaign resulted after the GCSO received a number of complaints about speeding and careless driving through school zones through the school year.

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