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Police Reminding Drivers of School Zones

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Fargo Police are getting ready for their "Blue Days" campaign, an annual event that coincides with the first day of school to remind drivers of school zones being active once again.

Fargo Police Officer Michael Lovejoy says they don't just use this opportunity for enforcement, but to make drivers more aware of the school zones and speed reductions.

"The lights haven't been flashing here all summer long and everybody starts to get kind of used to the fact that they can drive the normal speed limit through the school zones, especially on their way to work and on their way home from work and that's obviously going to be changing here," says Lovejoy.

Police also use this time to remind drivers not only to reduce their speed but to be more vigilant when driving through the school zones.

"Children are going to be excited or maybe not very excited to go to school, either way and it's going to distract them. You can't always rely on them to be as mindful as they should be when they're crossing crosswalks, crossing streets and just trying to get to and from school."

Joe Markell has lived in a school zone for the past seventeen years, just a block from Roosevelt Elementary. He has two grand kids enrolled there and appreciates the increased police presence.

"When they see the police out there it kind of warns them, wakes them up and they're more aware the next time they come through," said Markell.  

Last school year, Fargo Police cited 419 drivers for speeding in school zones, those tickets start at $40. Drivers should also be aware of school buses back on the road and remember you must stop when the buses lights are flashing red with stop arm out.

Failure to obey a school bus stop sign in North Dakota comes with a $100 ticket, drivers under 18 could even loose their license.

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