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Law enforcement urges school zone safety

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Students walk to class in an Upstate school. (File/FOX Carolina) Students walk to class in an Upstate school. (File/FOX Carolina)

Cars speeding through school zones is exactly what the Greenville County Sheriff's Office and the Greenville Police Department will be looking for on the first day of school. 

"We've had summer traffic going through those school zones throughout the summer and those lights aren't there," said Johnathan Smith with the Greenville County Sheriff's Office.  

He said the entire traffic unit will be out patrolling,"conducting traffic enforcement, speeding, other moving violations, most importantly we're trying to ensure the safety of the students."

Smith said the students crossing the street are their biggest concern. 

"We have students that will be out at bus stops, the busses are going to be out running their routes again," said Smith.

Stopping for school busses is an issue both deputies and police want drivers to be aware of. 

"During road rage incidents people don't really notice that there's a school bus stop sign out and they pass another car and end up passing a school bus," said Johnathan Bragg with the Greenville Police Department.

Officers said if you are on a two lane road and you are behind or approaching a school bus you have to stop. and for four lane roads... "if it's a divided median you don't have to stop, if you're approaching the bus from the opposite direction you have to slow down," said Smith. 

And Bragg said there's more than just kids and busses to look out for. "Tthe crossing guards will be there as well helping kids get across the street," said Bragg. 

Both agencies said with so much to watch out for, it's best to keep your focus on the road.

"Don't have your attention diverted to something else... that is the most important thing that those kids get to school safely and have a safe school year," said Smith.

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