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Drivers reminded to watch for school zones

By Preston Ayres, payres@wcyb.com
Published On: Jul 30 2013 04:52:05 PM CDT
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BRISTOL, Va. -

Flashing school zone signs will be turning on again over the next week or across our region.

Students in the Tri-Cities are headed back to class, some as early as this week. Police say now is the time for drivers to start looking for and remembering where school zones are along their commute.

"When school first starts back, you see a lot more people speeding in school zones," says Bristol, Virginia police officer Katie Milligan. "It’s like they have to get back in rhythm, school is going."

Along with the flashing yellow lights, drivers will also encounter flashing blue lights. Washington County, Tennessee sheriff's deputies plan saturation patrols in schools zones with help from the Governor’s Highway Safety Office. "There are higher fines to pay for speeding in a school zone," says Officer Milligan.

Also watch out for new school zones that could have been added during the summer, like drivers will find one along Highway 11-W in Sullivan County.

Law enforcement will also be keeping an extra eye on buses as they run their routes. "We have officers that ride buses then watch for people passing the bus. Another officer nearby will go and enforce the violation," says Milligan.

And don't forget the crosswalks that have been empty for months will soon be filled with children and parents walking across the road to school.

Below is a list of school opening dates.

BRISTOL TN CITY SCHOOLSAugust 1, 2013
HANCOCK CO. SCHOOLSAugust 2, 2013
HAWKINS CO. SCHOOLSAugust 5, 2013
JOHNSON  CITY SCHOOLSAugust 5, 2013
KINGSPORT CITY SCHOOLSAugust 5, 2013
SULLIVAN CO. SCHOOLSAugust 5, 2013
JOHNSON CO. SCHOOLSAugust 6, 2013
WASH. CO. TN SCHOOLSAugust 6, 2013
LETCHER CO. SCHOOLSAugust 7, 2013
ELIZABETHTON CITY SCHOOLSAugust 8, 2013
WISE CO. SCHOOLSAugust 8, 2013
GREENE CO. SCHOOLSAugust 9, 2013
UNICOI CO. SCHOOLSAugust 9, 2013
YANCEY CO. SCHOOLSAugust 9, 2013
BRISTOL VA CITY SCHOOLSAugust 12, 2013
CARTER CO. SCHOOLSAugust 12, 2013
DICKENSON CO. SCHOOLSAugust 12, 2013
ROGERSVILLE CITY SCHOOLAugust 12, 2013
GREENEVILLE CITY SCHOOLSAugust 13, 2013
GRAYSON CO. SCHOOLSAugust 14, 2013
LESLIE CO. SCHOOLSAugust 14, 2013
NORTON CITY SCHOOLSAugust 14, 2013
WASH. CO. VA SCHOOLSAugust 14, 2013
BUCHANAN CO. SCHOOLSAugust 15, 2013
LEE CO. SCHOOLSAugust 15, 2013
SCOTT CO. SCHOOLSAugust 15, 2013
SMYTH CO. SCHOOLSAugust 15, 2013
TAZEWELL CO. SCHOOLSAugust 15, 2013
RUSSELL CO. SCHOOLSAugust 16, 2013
ALLEGHANY CO. SCHOOLSAugust 19, 2013
AVERY CO. SCHOOLSAugust 19, 2013
MITCHELL CO. SCHOOLSAugust 19, 2013
WATAUGA CO. SCHOOLSAugust 19, 2013
ASHE CO. SCHOOLSAugust 20, 2013
MADISON CO. SCHOOLSAugust 20, 2013
WYTHE CO SCHOOLSAugust 21, 2013