The Norman Transcript

Crime/Courts

August 9, 2013

Operation Back to School Safely kicks off next week

NORMAN — The summer is almost over for children in Cleveland County as they head back to class and begin a new school year.

Cleveland County sheriff’s deputies encourage everyone to slow down in and around school zones and obey all traffic laws. Students will be walking or driving to school.

Beginning next week, deputies will kick off Operation Back to School Safely in the areas of Lexington and Noble public schools and Robin Hill public school. The program focuses on school traffic safety.

Deputies will patrol school zones throughout the day. Officers will strictly enforce the law. Motorists caught speeding or driving recklessly will be stopped and cited.

Sheriff Joe Lester said drivers should be alert for children around schools, especially pedestrians crossing roads in school zones.

“Please be careful as children walk to class and leave school each day,” Lester said. “Deputies will put an extra emphasis on school zones to remind the public that school is back in session and watch out for kids.”

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