Drivers reminded to obey traffic laws as school starts up again

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BAY COUNTY, Fla. (WJHG/WECP) The new school year begins on Monday, and drivers are reminded to slow down and stay alert.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office encourages parents to talk to their kids about safely walking to school and bus stop behavior. (WJHG/WECP)

"If you're coming to work, and you've been coming to work and it's going really smoothly for you leaving at a certain time to get there on time; add some time, leave early," Bay County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Ruth Corley said.

With kids going to and from school, more early morning and afternoon congestion is expected. In Bay County's case, school zoning has changed this year.

"There's going to be parents on the road taking their kids to school, and they're not quite sure yet where to go. So, everybody is going to be going a little slower," Corley said.

According to the Transportation Research Board, a division of the National Academy of Sciences, every year nearly 100 children are killed walking to or from school. The afternoon hours are especially dangerous, nearly one in four child pedestrian deaths have happened between 3 p.m. and 7 p.m.

The Bay County Sheriff's Office encourages parents to talk to their kids about safely walking to school and bus stop behavior.

"Don't go in the road, don't throw anything in the road, don't dart into the road," Corley said.

Drivers are also reminded that they cannot drive around school buses that are stopped. They must also stop behind the bus.

Bay County officials say deputies will be present at each school all next week.

"We want to make sure people know that we are really going to be watching this very closely," Corley said.

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