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Slow down for kids or get a ticket

By Christian Jennings - bio | email

ALBANY,  GA (WALB) – It's the first day of school for thousands of kids in southwest Georgia. Dougherty county schools start Monday morning. The elementary school bell rings at 8 A. M which means parents are probably getting ready to leave the house soon and some teachers have already made their way through the school doors.

School police tell WALB News 10 that the school zone near Sherwood Acres Elementary is one of the busiest school zones in Dougherty county and one where they have the biggest problem with speeders. So this year they hope parents and drivers will just slow down, be mindful of kids walking to school, and pay close attention to changing speed limits. Also leave the house earlier than normal during the first week of school to make up for traffic increases.

There will be staggered starting times for the schools again this year so the school cross walks caution times will range from 7:15 until 8:30 in the morning and from 2:15 until 4:00 in the afternoon when school lets out. Albany police and Dougherty county police will be out in full force making sure traffic slows down in the school zones and they will be giving tickets with hefty fines.

"Sometimes it is foggy and during the winter with the time change it is dark in the mornings. You know when you live near a school or school zone so be mindful when heading to work,"

School police say a lot of kids walk as far as a quarter mile to school so watch out for them. Also crossing guards are at risk. There were two Dougherty county school students struck by cars last year and police want drivers to slow down and hopefully prevent anymore accidents. Fines are doubled for speeding in school zones and can range from $200 to $1000.

Here are the excess speeds, monetary fines, and drivers license points in place for Dougherty County.

 MPH Over   Fine     Points     
5-10 $40 14-29 (2)  
11-15 $75 20-23 (3)  
16-20 $89 14-34 (4)  
21-25 $117 35+ (6)  
26-30 $215    
31-35 $285    
36-40 $425    
40+ $565

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