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State Police remind motorists to be extra cautious as kids head back to school

August 24, 2011

Online Staff Report

PECATONICA, Ill. — Illinois State Police are reminding communities and motorists to take the necessary safety precautions in preparation for the start of the new school year.

Illinois State Police District 16 Commander, Lt. Martin Zamudio, is warning motorists, school bus drivers and parents about the increased vehicular traffic as well as pedestrian traffic in and around school zones.

As schools throughout Jo Daviess, Stephenson, Winnebago and Boone counties open their doors for a new school year, Illinois State Police want to remind everyone that their focus should be on traveling at a safe, legal speed and eliminating distractions,” said Zamudio.

Drivers should heighten their awareness in and around school zones to help avoid a crash. District 16 troopers will be increasing their presence in school zones helping to ensure the safety of everyone present.

Troopers will be focusing on speeding; distracted driving; seat belt and child restraint violations; as well as illegal passing of stopped school buses,” Zamudio added. These violations are serious and can result in hefty fines and possible license suspensions.

Teen driver safety is also a priority of the Illinois State Police. District 16’s Safety Education Officer will continue to provide numerous educational presentations at area schools and throughout the district promoting safe driving habits.

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