With schools starting this week in Claremore and around the county, motorists are urged to remember to slow down when driving through school zones.

“The first few weeks of tend to be a little crazy for everyone, anyway, with parents getting back into the habit of getting their children to class, but it’s important that people take it slow when they’re in the school zones,”

said Mickey Perry, Claremore Chief of Police. “You never know what children are going to do, and with so many going back to schools, people need to be extra careful when their dropping of or picking up their own little ones.”

Justus-Tiawah and Sequoyah started school last week. Catoosa, Foyil, Legacy Christian and Rogers State University open today. Claremore and Chelsea return Friday. Inola and Oologah-Talala begin classes Monday.

With the reopening of school, traffic flow in school zones also will change. Inside the city, some streets becoming one-way roads during school hours.

Parents with children attending Claremont Elementary should remember Seventh Street between Choctaw and Wewoka (on the school’s south side) will be west-bound only traffic during school hours. Claremont parents were reminded of the traffic flow situation at open house and by newsletter.

Still, it is not uncommon for people to forget about the redirected traffic flow, or reduced speeds in school zones at first. “We want to make sure that people driving through the school zones are being careful when they’re around the little ones,” Perry said.

Traffic violators may get off with a warning the first time, but often fines for citations issued for traffic offenses in school zones are higher than outside school zones.

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