Police remind drivers of school zone safety

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As students prepare for school right around the corner police are also reminding drivers that they have some preparing to do of their own. 

“We know its been summer time so you’re not used to school zones but you’re going to have to get used to it, because next week – Wednesday – school zones will be active in Mt. Juliet.” said Captain Tyler Chandler with Mt. Juliet Police. 

“People are distracted most of the time, so in school zones and when school is starting we need to make sure we’re paying attention.” said Marla Cochran, a parent of Mt. Juliet elementary schooler. 

School begins on August 1in Wilson County and several others counties across Middle Tennessee. Police say that means they’ll be out watching for violations. 

“Our department is going to be active the first couple weeks of school. We’ll have officers stationed at every school zone in the city, in the morning and in the afternoon focusing on unsafe driving behavior.” said Capt. Chandler. 

Police are also reminding drivers of a new law that went into effect at the beginning of this year. It is illegal to use a hand-held device in an active, flashing school zone. 

News 2 is your official back-to-school station. We’ve got special reports every day leading up to the first day of class. See our stories on air and on wkrn.com

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