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FCSO has zero tolerance for traffic violators this school year

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FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - Classes for Florence County Public Schools are scheduled to begin on August 17, and the Florence County Sheriff’s Office wants you to help insure that there are no injuries to children as they travel to and from school this year.

With the start of a new school year comes an increase in traffic volume, and FCSO deputies will be out in full force to enforce the law in school speed zones and areas where school buses operate.

Florence County Sheriff Kenny Boone said, “When it comes to the safety of our children, we will have a “zero tolerance” for speeding through school speed zones or disregarding school bus stop signs.”

You may soon find yourself waiting longer at stop lights or behind a school bus stopping to pick up and let off eager students. The FCSO urges everyone to exercise added caution and patience, with due regard to the fact that children are on the roads in both the morning and afternoon.

During the first week of classes, the FCSO urges everyone to leave home a little earlier than normal to avoid having to rush, as students and parents get used to the new traffic volume, crossing guards and traffic patterns. They also want motorists to keep in mind the naturally-impulsive nature of small children walking along the roadways.

The South Carolina Department of Public Safety website also offers school zone safety tips for motorists. Listed below are a few of those tips to help you do your part to keep the roadways safe this school year.

  • Always stop for a school bus that has stopped to load or unload passengers. Red flashing lights and an extended stop arm tell you the school bus is stopped to load or unload children. Under certain conditions State Law requires you to stop.
  • If you are on a two-lane roadway, you must stop.
  • If you are on a roadway that has two or more travel lanes traveling in each direction and you are traveling the same direction as the bus, you must stop.
  • If you are on a roadway that has at least two or more travel lanes traveling in each direction and you are approaching, meeting the bus, you do not have to stop, merely proceed with caution.

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