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On the Lookout

Getting the school year started means more traffic on the roads. 

Many kids will soon be getting off the bus or walking to school. The Wichita Falls Police Department wants to make sure you are not distracted, and everyone stays safe.

WFPD said danger can strike any where at any time, that is why staying alert near school zones is crucial.

Officer Jeff Hughes, Crime Prevention Specialists, said it's not just drivers, students need to be alert too. Things like eating, inserting CDs or I-pods, or other noises in your car can hinder your ability to be fully alert.

"You can't control what anybody else does in a car, on foot, or on a bike." Officer Hughes added, "However you can control what you are doing out there. So make sure you don't have any distractions going on in your car and are aware of your surroundings."

Police said drivers can't be on a wireless device in school zones when the lights are flashing. Unless you are stopped and parked at the curb, and not in motion, are the only exceptions.

School zones will be reactivated soon and anyone caught breaking the law could be forced to pay a $200 fine.    

 

Natalie Garcia,  Newschannel 6

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