The end of Summer vacation means that drivers need to once again be mindful of students who are trying to get to and from their schools.
This means more cars, school buses, and lowered speed limits, generally an hour before and after the school day.
Georgia law requires that drivers in both directions come to a stop when the red flashing lights of a school bus are deployed.
On a divided four lane road, only traffic traveling in the same direction as the bus must stop.
But when other conditions exist, all traffic has to stop.
Georgia law says that drivers are generally granted a 10 mile per hour grace range when they are stopped by police using radar.
This does NOT apply when you're stopped by a state trooper, OR in a school zone. And fines for speeding in school zones are sometimes enhanced.
During the first two weeks of school in 2016, the Albany Police Department issued over 200 citations in school zones. The worst ones were Dawson Road, East Oglethorpe, and Palmyra Road.
(Source: Albany Police Department)
Albany suffered a tragedy in a school zone in September of 2016, when Tony Shed was killed, his sister and two other students were injured, when a car struck them as they walked in a crosswalk near Turner Elementary.
The children were hit shortly before the crossing guard for that intersection came on duty, and police did not file charges against the driver.
There is a memorial to Tony near the East Albany fire station, on the corner of North Mock Road and Leonard Avenue.
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