Slow down and watch out:
That's the message from law enforcement officials as students head back to class this month.
The signs on the roads are clear, but often the message isn't.
On Wednesday, Delaware County deputies were patrolling school zones and serving speeders a stern reminder that school is back in session.
Deputy Dereck Keller stopped multiple drivers. Some were aware that classes had started; others admitted they just forgot to slow down.
“We will probably do a lot of warnings for the first day back because people aren't used coming through the school zones,” Keller said.
Deputies said not only are they watching for speeders in school zones, but they are also making sure motorists stop for school buses.
Keller said if a motorist passes a stopped school bus, law enforcement can cite, even without seeing the violation.
“What will happen is the school bus will actually report the license plate description of the vehicle and then they fill out a complaint form and send it to us,” Keller said.
Deputies said Wednesday’s enforcement is another way to remind motorists to pay attention and slow down because school is back in session.
Grant funding from the Ohio Traffic Safety Office funds the overtime for the back to school high visibility enforcement.
The sheriff's office plans to continue aggressively patrolling school zones through the end of August.
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