Drivers Warned As School Year Begins

Posted on Aug 16, 2010
   Public safety officials are reminding drivers to be prepared as area children return to school this week and next. The new school year begins today for Florence and the Pee Dee, while Georgetown County starts Wednesday, and Horry County students return Aug. 23.

   Officials are stressing special awareness of children alongside the road waiting on school buses and car lines in school zones. Police will be out in force during these first few weeks back to school. "We need everyone to be extra patient, extra careful," says Lance Corp. Sonny Collins of the S.C. Highway Patrol. "Allow yourself a few extra minutes for your morning commute next week to account for buses and added traffic." School speed zones are once again being enforced.

   Collins says to be mindful of those times drivers need to stop for school buses. They must always stop for a school bus with it's red lights on, unless they are coming toward it (not behind it) on a four-lane road. Troopers say even then drivers should slow down, as you never know what a child might do.

   The first week of school is especially important as it takes drivers awhile to get into the new routine, Collins says. "Next week is a week of just being patient, being careful, because the last thing we want is a hurt child."