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ISP urges drivers to watch for children as school begins

CARMI, IL (KFVS) -

Illinois State Police reminds drivers to watch for children as the new school year starts.

The school year means an increase in vehicular and pedestrian traffic around schools.

Drivers are urged to watch for children riding their bikes and walking to school.

Be on the lookout for slowing and stopped school buses.

"As we transition into a new school year, the safety of our school children is one of the most important priorities for us. As a result, troopers will focus enforcement efforts in and around school zones during the upcoming weeks," said Captain Kelly Hodge with ISP.

Failure to stop your vehicle when a school bus has its lights activated and the sign extended can result in a $150 fine and the suspension of your driver's license for three months.

There will be an increase in vehicle traffic in the morning and evening as parents drop off and pick up their children.

You may want to give yourself extra travel time to allow for the increase in traffic.

If a pedestrian is in a crosswalk they have the right-of-way.

The school zone speed limit is in effect from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is 20 m.p.h. when children are present.

Limit your distractions in school zones by not using your cell phones and it is illegal to text while driving.

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