Washington County VA

Police steps up patrol for first day of school

WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. - School zone signs will soon be lighting up in Washington County, Tennessee as students prepare to go back to school, and that's bringing out extra police cars.

Thursday Sheriff Ed Graybeal announced his office is pairing with the Washington County Schools to make sure every child is safe.

On the first day of school they will have extra patrol units near schools zones and some following school buses to make sure nobody drives by a stopped bus.

Graybeal tells us they want to make sure the start of the school year is safe for everyone. "We'll be checking seat belts, car seats, and a lot of the other stuff that goes along with it. Our main reason will be to make sure school zones are running good and the parking lots are good," adds Graybeal.

The extra patrols will be paid for by the money they receive from the Governor's Highway Safety Grant.

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