SJPD Reminds Drivers to Slow Down in School Zones

Published 08/28 2014 02:21PM

Updated 08/28 2014 11:10PM

(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) The St. Joseph Police Department reminds drivers to stay alert, and drive slowly in school zones, now that the school year is getting into gear.

Police say always stop when a bus stops, no matter the situation.

Also, kids have to pay attention to their surroundings, too. Police say kids should look both ways before getting on the bus, and getting off.

Police say if anyone hears of someone speeding through a school zone or past a stopped bus, call the police immediately or the Apple Bus Company.

"The operator of the bus collects the information because the state statue and the city ordinance, which are mirror each other, allow the information to be given by a police officer or by the drivers themselves. so, they would supply us with the information we need, which is the vehicle make, model, color, license plate, a description of the driver if we can get that," said Sgt. Richard Ketchem, with the St. Joseph Police Department.

Police spent the first two weeks of school monitoring school zone areas, making sure kids are safe, and drivers aren't breaking violations. So far, no incidents have been reported.

Tickets for speeding in a school zone could start as low as $76  to as much as $500 plus a possible careless driving charge, depending on how fast someone is driving.

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