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August 10, 2012

BACK TO SCHOOL: 1st Day Jitters

Classes begin, motorists urged to be aware of school zones

CLAREMORE — Kids are back in school and that means school zone safety is a top priority for the Claremore Police Department. Each morning and afternoon, officers are on patrol looking for distracted drivers, speeders and any other danger to students.

“We are putting more officers on patrol in school zones,” said Charles Downum, Assistant Chief of Police.
Back to school safety is not only a priority; it is an issue the entire community should be aware of, according to Downum.
“Pay attention to kids in the roadway or waiting at bus stops,” he said. “Watch for children walking to school.”
CPD is looking to avoid major traffic concerns and traffic was “pretty smooth” the first day of school, according to Downum.
The staggered start times have helped ease crowding, he said. 
Parents can do a number of things to help keep their children safe. Watch your kids to make sure they get into the building.
If kids are walking remind them not to talk to strangers, don’t enter in a car they don’t know and get to school as soon as they can, Downum said.
For the kids that have to wait at the bus stop, remind them to pay attention to their surroundings. If students have a cell phone, then call the police if there is any issue, he said.
School Resource Officer Robin Blair is back in the schools and ready to help with any issue.
Parents and community members can call the police department at (918) 341-1212 if they have any safety or traffic concerns, Downum said.
The concern for safety goes beyond speeding. However officers would like to remind citizens that citations for speeding in school zones are more expensive than in other areas. Additionally, speeding in a school zone carries a varied fine depending on speed of the vehicle.

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