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Drivers advised to be cautious in school zones
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Drivers advised to be cautious in school zones

PAULDING CO., Ga. -- Paulding County students return to school in just a few short weeks, and the sheriff's office is gearing up to make sure they stay safe in school zones.

Sheriff Gary Gulledge said he and his deputies will patrol school zones and watch for drivers who fail to stop for school buses as part of their daily operations when school begins on Wednesday, Aug. 3.

Georgia law requires drivers to stop in both directions for school buses that are displaying their red flashing lights and have their stop arms activated. The only exceptions are controlled access roads and highways that are divided into separate roadways.

A conviction for passing a stopped school bus can carry as much as a six month suspension of a driver's license.

"Drivers should always use extreme caution when following school buses and obey the posted speed limits in the school zones," said Gulledge, noting that drivers should also leave plenty of space when traveling behind or near a school bus. "Drivers who are following school buses too closely are not prepared for the frequent stops made by the school bus."

Most fatal crashes involving school buses happen when the buses are struck by smaller passenger cars.

Gulledge also reminded drivers to be alert for children waiting for buses.

"Children are not always aware of their surroundings or vehicles that may be passing by and the dangers that they pose," he said. "Drivers should be prepared to stop when approaching children that are waiting for a school bus."

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