Albemarle Co. Police Increasing Patrols for Back to School Safety

Aug. 19, 2014

School start dates continue this week, which means an influx of school buses and kids on roadways.

More than 8,000 kids in the Albemarle County school district will be heading to their first day of school Wednesday, August 20, and police officers want to remind drivers to take it slow.

Extra patrol officers will be on hand at several schools throughout the county to direct traffic.

Police ask drivers to slow down and to be extra cautious in neighborhoods where kids will be waiting for the bus.

"Drivers should be extra vigilant of the school buses as they are loading and unloading students,” says Albemarle Co. Police Spokesperson Carter Johnson. “We really want to make sure that you do stop, that when the school buses stop and that they have that stop sign extended, that you stop so that students can safely load and unload from the school bus."

Expect to see more county officers making sure drivers follow the speed limits and stop at bus-stop signs.

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