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Smyrna/Clayton Sun-Times
  • Smyrna Police urge drivers to use caution with school back in session

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  • Schools in Smyrna and Clayton were back in session on Monday. Smyrna Police urge drivers to use caution when driving, watch for children and allow extra time for your morning commute. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, more school-age pedestrians have been killed between the hours of 7 and 8 a.m. and between 3 and 4 p.m. than any other times of day.
    If driving in a school zone, be sure to:
    *Slow down.
    *Allow more time. As a new school year begins, allow yourself more time to get where you are going until you can figure out the impact of increased traffic to your drive time.
    *Stay alert. Make a mental note of any new bus stops or students walking to and from school so you won’t be surprised if you need to stop.
    *Learn the rules. Schools usually have places for parents to drop off and pick up children.
    *If you are driving your child to school, learn where these areas are and follow the procedures. If you need to go into the school, ask where you can park your vehicle so traffic can continue to move smoothly.
    *Stop for school buses. When the red lights are flashing, stop. It is against the law to pass a school bus when the lights are on.
    *Yield to pedestrians. Remember to yield to children/parents in crosswalks. When a pedestrian is in a crosswalk they have the right-of-way.
    *Follow the speed limit. Most schools have reduced speed zones around them.

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