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Drive safely, school starts Monday

August 1, 2003

Albany -- It's back to school time. Monday students return to classes in Dougherty County. Motorists are being urged to be careful, because the number of kids who will be walking to and from school.

Mrs. Jane Aldrige is getting her fourth grade classroom at West Town Elementary ready for Monday's first day of classes. While the students will be thinking about reading, writing, and arithmatic, Albany Police hope parents and motorists will think about the kids safety.

 Lt. Kenn Singleton of the Albany Police Department said "We want the entire community to remember that children will be headed to school Monday. We want motorists to use caution and help protect our youth."

If your child will be walking to school, work out a safe route using the most intersections with crossing guards. If possible get a group of children to walk together. For motorists, Police warn you to watch out for the school zones. Lt. Singleton said "Those lights will be flashing Monday, starting at 8 A.M. until 8:30 A.M., and then again from 3 P.M. until 4 P.M. And remember that fines for infractions in school zones are doubled."

Remember school starts in many parts of South Georgia Monday. Motorists, please slow down and drive safely.

 So that all of Mrs. Aldrige's fourth graders, and all the other students, can have a safe school year. Remember to stop for school bus loadings.

In Albany, if you pass a school bus with it's stopping arm down, the fine is 275 dollars. That will be doubled, 550 dollars, if you are in a school zone.

posted at 3:44 by jimw@walb.com