BRISTOL, Va. - Flashing school zone signs will be turning on again over the next week or across our region.
Students in the Tri-Cities are headed back to class, some as early as this week. Police say now is the time for drivers to start looking for and remembering where school zones are along their commute.
"When school first starts back, you see a lot more people speeding in school zones," says Bristol, Virginia police officer Katie Milligan. "It's like they have to get back in rhythm, school is going."
Along with the flashing yellow lights, drivers will also encounter flashing blue lights. Washington County, Tennessee sheriff's deputies plan saturation patrols in schools zones with help from the Governor's Highway Safety Office. "There are higher fines to pay for speeding in a school zone," says Officer Milligan.
Also watch out for new school zones that could have been added during the summer, like drivers will find one along Highway 11-W in Sullivan County.
Law enforcement will also be keeping an extra eye on buses as they run their routes. "We have officers that ride buses then watch for people passing the bus. Another officer nearby will go and enforce the violation," says Milligan.
And don't forget the crosswalks that have been empty for months will soon be filled with children and parents walking across the road to school.
Below is a list of school opening dates.
|BRISTOL TN CITY SCHOOLS||August 1, 2013|
|HANCOCK CO. SCHOOLS||August 2, 2013|
|HAWKINS CO. SCHOOLS||August 5, 2013|
|JOHNSON CITY SCHOOLS||August 5, 2013|
|KINGSPORT CITY SCHOOLS||August 5, 2013|
|SULLIVAN CO. SCHOOLS||August 5, 2013|
|JOHNSON CO. SCHOOLS||August 6, 2013|
|WASH. CO. TN SCHOOLS||August 6, 2013|
|LETCHER CO. SCHOOLS||August 7, 2013|
|ELIZABETHTON CITY SCHOOLS||August 8, 2013|
|WISE CO. SCHOOLS||August 8, 2013|
|GREENE CO. SCHOOLS||August 9, 2013|
|UNICOI CO. SCHOOLS||August 9, 2013|
|YANCEY CO. SCHOOLS||August 9, 2013|
|BRISTOL VA CITY SCHOOLS||August 12, 2013|
|CARTER CO. SCHOOLS||August 12, 2013|
|DICKENSON CO. SCHOOLS||August 12, 2013|
|ROGERSVILLE CITY SCHOOL||August 12, 2013|
|GREENEVILLE CITY SCHOOLS||August 13, 2013|
|GRAYSON CO. SCHOOLS||August 14, 2013|
|LESLIE CO. SCHOOLS||August 14, 2013|
|NORTON CITY SCHOOLS||August 14, 2013|
|WASH. CO. VA SCHOOLS||August 14, 2013|
|BUCHANAN CO. SCHOOLS||August 15, 2013|
|LEE CO. SCHOOLS||August 15, 2013|
|SCOTT CO. SCHOOLS||August 15, 2013|
|SMYTH CO. SCHOOLS||August 15, 2013|
|TAZEWELL CO. SCHOOLS||August 15, 2013|
|RUSSELL CO. SCHOOLS||August 16, 2013|
|ALLEGHANY CO. SCHOOLS||August 19, 2013|
|AVERY CO. SCHOOLS||August 19, 2013|
|MITCHELL CO. SCHOOLS||August 19, 2013|
|WATAUGA CO. SCHOOLS||August 19, 2013|
|ASHE CO. SCHOOLS||August 20, 2013|
|MADISON CO. SCHOOLS||August 20, 2013|
|WYTHE CO SCHOOLS||August 21, 2013|