Drivers reminded that Sarasota heads back to school Monday

SARASOTA, FL (WFLA) — On Monday, August 22, 2016, classes will resume in the City of Sarasota. As students head back to school, the Sarasota Police Department wants to remind drivers there is a zero tolerance policy for speeding in school zones and for passing school buses that have stop signs extended as students board or leave a bus.

On Monday, Sarasota Police Officers will be at numerous schools welcoming students back to class. Sarasota PD will also host a special #BackToSchool Tweet from the Beat under the Twitter handle @SarasotaPD. On Twitter, followers will be able to find photos of Officers visiting schools around the city.

The Sarasota Police Department has also created a Back to School Public Service Announcement sharing important safety tips for parents and students.

A few safety tips to remember as classes resume in the City of Sarasota:

* Students heading back to school means increased traffic on the roads. Please allow extra time to travel and watch for other cars, pedestrians, bicyclists and school buses.

* Buckle up! Make sure all occupants of the car, especially children, are always buckled up. In Florida, all passengers under 18 years of age, must wear a seatbelt or be restrained in a child car seat.

* Pay attention to crossing guards and always drive slowly in school zones and near schools. Many students walk to and from school.

* Cars must stop for all school buses when the side stop sign is out and red lights are flashing, even if the bus is on the opposite side of the street. The only exception is a raised median more than four feet wise that divides the street.

* Fines for speeding in school zones and passing school buses can range from $156 to $456. Officers are encouraging drivers to slow down and allow plenty of time getting to and from their destination.

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