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Columbus Police to Strictly Enforce School Zone Driving Rules

COLUMBUS (Ken Hines) -- Drivers should prepare for an increased police presence in school zones as the 2013-2014 academic year gets underway.

The Columbus Division of Police is emphasizing enforcement of 20 mph speed limits in school zones, where officers will also crack down on aggressive driving, according to a department media release.

Officers will also use photo speed enforcement technology in school zones in order to reduce the amount of time necessary to issue citations.

Police suggest that drivers adhere to the following recommendations to avoid costly fines, while also helping to ensure the safety of children in Columbus school zones:

- Refrain from using cell phones or checking e-mail.

- Watch for children crossing the road as they may be easily blocked from your view due to their height.

- Plan ahead.  If you know you will be traveling through a school zone during your commute, allow for extra time incase you encounter heavy traffic and school bus drop off points.

- If you are dropping your child off at school, have your child exit the vehicle on the curb side only.

- Parents are encouraged to discuss the rules for crossing the roadway with their children.  If possible, take your child to the drop-off area and practice crossing at an off-peak time.  Have your child wear his/her backpack and walk him/her through what to look for, what to do and what not to do.

- If crossing guards are utilized, explain their purpose and how your child must wait for approval to cross.  If possible, have younger children practice roadway crossing with you since they learn better by performing an action instead of having an action described to them.  Familiarity and repetition are the best guidelines for ensuring child safety.
 
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