CLAY COUNTY, Fla. -- Clay County students are about to start the 2013-2014 school year with students starting Tuesday August 13, along with many private schools starting on or about the same time. The CCSO urges motorists, parents/guardians and children to follow the listed safety tips:
- Prepare to leave for school a few minutes early to avoid the rush, especially since many routes are impacted this year by construction.
- Watch out for children not just in school zones but also on all streets close to schools or leading to schools.
- Pay close attention to school buses. Remember, when a school bus stops and turns on its flashing lights and extends the "stop" sign, you must stop unless there is an unpaved median of at least five feet, a raised median, or a physical barrier separating your vehicle from the stopped school bus. Citations for passing a stopped school bus start at $256.
- Remember to slow down through school zones. Pay close attention to the crossing guards at those intersections. We will have deputies in these zones who will enforce the reduced speed limit. Citation amounts can vary from $101 for a non-moving citation to $151 for a moving violation. Fines start at $141 and can exceed $591 for speeding through a school zone.
- Children should always be instructed to catch the eye and attention of the bus driver when walking in front of the school bus when loading or unloading.
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