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RPSO wants citizens to be alert with school starting

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel) – The Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office is asking parents and  citizens to be alert that school starts this week.

Sheriff William Earl Hilton would like to remind our citizens that school is about to start back. The Holy Savior Menard opens Tuesday and Rapides Parish schools start Friday.

"We just want to remind everyone that school is open, kids will be out and traffic will be increased on our parish roads. Take extra precautions, leave a little earlier and be courteous while driving. We want our children and grandchildren to have the best possible experience in school and that starts with them getting there safely" said Sheriff Hilton.

 

RPSO has a few tips for citizens to remember:

 

  •  Leave early so you won’t be rushed and tend to speed.

 

  • Slow down through school zones. Deputies will be patrolling our school zones in the parish and our SRO’s will be watching the school zones, as well. Fines for speeding start at $197.

 

  • Failure to Yield to a school bus is a mandatory court appearance.

 

  • It is against the law to pass another vehicle on a two lane road in a school zone during designated times.

 

  • When approaching a stopped school bus on a four lane that is not a divided highway, traffic must stop both ways when the bus is receiving or discharging school children.

 

  • When approaching a stopped school bus on a median divided highway, only the traffic going the same way is required to stop when the bus is receiving or discharging school children.

 

  • Texting and driving is against the law and it is also a mandatory court appearance if caught. This includes cell phone use by school bus drivers.

 

  • Safety of our children is paramount and we will be vigilant in our enforcement.

 

  • Paying attention and driving defensively and courteously saves lives.

 

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