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Pee Dee students head back to school

(WPDE)

School districts across the Pee Dee headed back to school Monday for the first day of class.

Districts administrators said so far the day has gotten off to a great start.

There are extra troopers on the roads patrolling school zones to make sure drivers are obeying school bus laws.

The Florence County Sheriff’s Office has posted deputies near schools to make sure students are safe.

FCSO issued the following release last week on school bus laws:

“School Speed Zones, designated by yellow flashing lights will be heavily patrolled to enforce the reduced speed limit at and near schools. We strongly urge everyone to obey those lower school speed zone limits or expect to receive a ticket. FCSO will observe a Zero Tolerance for speeding inside school zones.
In addition, South Carolina law requires motorists to stop for a stopped school bus displaying its flashing lights and as children get on and off. Under SC CodeSection 56-5-2770, first offense failure to stop for a stopped school bus can result in a fine of not less than $500.00 or imprisonment of up to 30 days. For a second or subsequent offense, the penalty increases to between $2000.00 and $5000.00 and between 30 and 60 days in jail. However, the driver of a vehicle need not stop when meeting a stopped school bus whiletraveling in the opposite direction on a multilane roadway. A multilane roadway is defined as a highway with four or more lanes, with at least two traffic lanes for each direction. Also, please pay attention to children walking on the side of the road, at bus stopsand as they cross the road and reduce your speed in those areas. Small children tend to be impulsive in their actions and motorists should be on particular lookout for them near the roadway.
Recent legislation passed by the South Carolina General Assembly created a program for school busses to be equipped with video cameras to catch motorists who disregard school bus stop signs and for violators to be prosecuted based on the video. Florence County schools are part of that program. Please carefully observe these school bus stop signs and allow our children to get to get on and off the buses safely.
Beginning next Monday, motorists can expect to encounter a much higher volume of school related traffic and delays at traffic lights and intersections in the hours before and after school. Try to leave home a little earlier, be a little more patient and allow a little more time than usual until normal traffic volume returns. We want all of our children to make it safely both to and from school all year long.”

Some parents said they’re glad law enforcement is out in force to make sure kids are safe while on buses and at bus stops.

School administrators said this will be a great year and they’re excited to have students back in class.

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