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Aug 20, 2013 10:38 AM by Morgan Frances - MFrances@kristv.com

School Zone Drivers Cautioned As Classes Begin

CORPUS CHRISTI - With school less than a week away, Corpus Christi Police want to remind drivers that school zones will start to get active in regards to drivers and kids next Monday.

For children, Corpus Christi Police Officer Kirk Stowers recommends they walk to school in groups, wear bright colors, if possible, and cross the street only in designated areas.

For drivers, he says it's vital for them to slow down, be patient and stay off the cell phones. While the warnings seem obvious for most, Stowers says they still see multiple accidents in school zones each year.

Additionally, Police have rolled out their "Stop Aggressive Driving" campaign and intend on enforcing that campaign, particularly in school zones. Anyone caught tailgating, speeding 10 MPH over a school zone speed limit or 20 MPH over any other speed limit will have "aggressive driver" attached to their ticket; this would mandate a $200 fine for the citation.

Corpus Christi Police have released two videos in an effort to spread public awareness; one discourages cell phone use while driving the other lists some tips for children walking to school.

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