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Back to School- Speeding Through School Zones

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As students step on the buses starting Thursday, police will be stepping up their patrol. Extra officers will be looking for driving violations once school starts to keep kids safe.

"We're asking people to plan ahead, maybe take off early before you take off, be prepared there's going to be delays just because of the increase of traffic." says Sergeant Jim Kringlie with the Fargo Police Department.

Once school starts local police departments say they will be out in full force to encourage people to slow down.

"We try to get extra officers out during the school start and closing times as a visible presence and also for traffic enforcement." Sergeant Kringlie says.

Failing to stop for students in a cross walk is a fine of $50 dollars, and speeding through a school zone in North Dakota could lead to a minimum fine of $40.

"Another problem we run into is school buses, and when the school buses have their red lights flashing, and the traffic stop sign out, you can't pass it on either direction on a two way road." Sergeant Kringlie adds.

The consequence could be a fine of $100 or worse, hitting a student as they cross the street in front of a bus. That's why police say they are warning people now to try and have a safe school season.

"Just be careful out there." Sergeant Kringlie says.

Police add they will also be enforcing the rules of the road around the end of the school year as well.

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