The Norman Transcript

Opinion

August 21, 2013

Slow down; school’s open

NORMAN — Except for Washington, Reagan and Roosevelt, Norman’s elementary schools are tucked into residential neighborhoods away from section line roads. The plan allowed for more children to walk to school from their homes.

Today, some young children still walk or ride bicycles to school, and a few key intersections have crossing guards. But for the most part, parents and school officials rely on motorists to be more aware in school zones.

Norman police will be out in full force in those school zones beginning today, the first day of classes at Norman schools. Police remind drivers to obey school zones and not to pass a school bus from the front or rear while it is loading or unloading and the lights are flashing.

Speeding in a school zone carries a flat penalty of $249, no matter the speed.

Improperly passing a school bus carries a fine of from $50 to $750, and the alleged violator must appear before a judge. The fines are significant, but there’s no price to be put on the safety of our children.

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