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Heavy traffic expected for DOCO back-to-school

David Joiner David Joiner

Expect high traffic Wednesday morning in Dougherty County, schools are back in session which means school zone speed limits will be implemented.

The normal speed limit near schools can range between 35 and 40 miles per hour during non-operating school hours. However, beginning Wednesday the speed limit will drop down to 25 miles per hour during the morning and afternoon drive times.

Police and parents stress the importance of making sure drivers are obeying traffic laws. 

"Sometimes kids, they see where they want to go, they see a friend and they take off. And so we all need to be alert, we need to be on the lookout for the unexpected child crossing the street in front of us," said parent David Joiner

Joiner has a daughter who will be entering the 1st grade and says it's the responsibility of the parents to also have the conversation with children about safe practices. 

"That we don't walk across the street without holding hands of a parent or an adult. Or if they walk to school in this neighborhood, we have several that walk to school, maybe walk in a group of two or three," said Joiner. "But when they get to a street that they don't cross without a crossing guard and they are holding hands so that everyone is alert."

Drivers should also remember when a school bus makes a stop, both sides of traffic will have to stop as well until the bus starts driving again.

If caught speeding you will get a hefty fine, police will be out monitoring during those school zone hours.

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