Drivers warned to watch for school zones

By Anna Carrera

Published 08/19 2014 04:57PM

Updated 08/20 2014 04:20PM

Update: 12:06 pm, 8/20/14, Wednesday
CENTRAL ILLINOIS -- Police remind drivers to pay attention in school zones. You'll notice radar trailers in some areas. If you're in a marked school crossing zone between 7 am - 4 pm, on school days, remember to stop all cellphone communication, stop for anyone in the crosswalk, slow down to 20 mph.

Speeding in a school zone could mean a $150 fine. Police say, people walking should be careful too. Only cross at designated intersections and crosswalks and only when you have the right-of-way.

Officers say they'll be paying extra attention around schools right now. If you have a concern about a school zone, you can submit it online.
Original: 4:57 pm, 8/19/14, Tuesday
CHAMPAIGN -- You may see police and public works crews out more than usual in the coming weeks. They're putting up signs and speed trailers to remind drivers school is starting soon. They do this every year to encourage people to slow down.

Police say the visual reminders help, so that's why they keep doing it. Since many people take the same routes to and from work, investigators say most know when they're getting close to a school zone. But, the want to make sure drivers don't forget to watch for kids.

School zone hours are different depending on when classes start and end. Officers say, when you see kids, you should try to slow down regardless of what time it is. Police also plan to have officers around school zones starting Wednesday. Just one more reminder to watch your speed.

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