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Crime/Courts

August 20, 2013

City police ready to enforce school zones

NORMAN — With Norman Public Schools and several private schools beginning classes on Wednesday, the Norman Police Department wants to remind motorists to slow down.

Police officers plan to visit all schools during the first days of the semester with the goal of ensuring everyone’s safety.

According to municipal court, speeding in a school zone carries a flat penalty of $249, no matter what the speed.

Police said motorists should remain aware of children traveling by foot or bicycle, school buses and school zones. Motorists should not pass a school bus from the front or rear while it is loading or unloading and the lights are flashing.

Improperly passing a school bus carries fines from $50 to $750 and the alleged violator must appear before a judge, according to municipal court.

With three months of no active school zones, all drivers should make a conscious effort to watch for them, police said. Beginning Wednesday morning, a driver’s usual route may pass through one or more school zones.

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