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Police: School starts Monday; traffic rules will be enforced

School starts Monday. Drivers should remember to slow down in school zones in the morning and afternoon and always use caution, said Albany Police Department Cpl. Jon Seagroves. Tickets will be written from the start of school, with no warnings and no grace period.

School starts Monday. Drivers should remember to slow down in school zones in the morning and afternoon and always use caution, said Albany Police Department Cpl. Jon Seagroves. Tickets will be written from the start of school, with no warnings and no grace period.

ALBANY, Ga. - The signs tell the story: Slow down in a school zone as children are going to or leaving school.

"We want to remind the public, even if they don't have children in school, they need to be aware of the school zones and the signs so they can be careful, especially this first week as the kids are coming back to school," Albany Police Department Cpl. Jon Seagroves said.

"School starts, and enforcement will start for speeding through the school zones."

The gleam in Seagroves' eye as he speaks indicates he means it when he says there will be no grace period and no warnings issued. Speeding tickets that include additional fines because of the school zone will be issued immediately.

Seagroves also warned about stopping for school buses. Unless the road is a divided highway with a grass median or concrete wall dividing it, traffic in both directions must stop when a school bus flashes red lights and its "Stop" sign folds out from the bus's body.

Although there are slightly different time schedules for elementary, middle and high schools, Seagroves cautioned that the zones can overlap. Pay attention to the signs and slow down to 25 mph, he added. A child's life could depend on it.

Schedules for observance of school zones in the Dougherty County School System:

Elementary schools: 7:15 a.m. to 8:15 a.m. / 2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.

Middle Schools: 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. / 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.

High Schools: 7:45 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. / 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m.

Comments

iko 1 year, 8 months ago

I wish they would enforce minimum speed rules. The guy going 25 mph in the passing lane on the expressway is a hazard.

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Shinedownfan 1 year, 8 months ago

"the gleam in Seagroves' eye...", really? He wants to give people expensive tickets? Most of these school zones out there don't even have flashing lights. All I can say is I hope karma catches up with Seagroves one day.

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rightasrain 1 year, 8 months ago

FINALLY Albany's Behindest are going to enforce the traffic "rules"? Why start now just because school is back in session? Mind you, I watch for the kids and would never want harm to befall even one; however, one would think that the APD would be interested in enforcing the LAWS of the road EVERY DAY! Westover around Albany Mall is nothing but a small stretch of the Indy 500. Where are the cops? One's life is at stake on the Bypass if one even dares to drive the speed limit. Maybe the city and county does need to combine and let the DoCo Police Department train and be in charge of all officers. Albany's finest?

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jglass 1 year, 8 months ago

Yes, the police do need to make their presence known in school zones. So many people just fly through them. Question, there is a school zone sign listed on Slappey from Highland to Oglethorpe......is this a true school zone? NOBODY ever adheres to the school zone there. Most school zones do not have lights, but they have signs with the times posted and if that is within your daily travels, you know when the school zone speed limit is in process.

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tywebb 1 year, 8 months ago

apd could make their "quota" for the year if they would sit at the lower school on beattie rd. People NEVER slow down there.

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TRUTH101 1 year, 8 months ago

They need to enforce the rules on their peers.....A cop flew by me on US19 and I was doing 75. Mind you there was no emergency and he had on no lights. Just because you are a cop doesnt give you the right to break the law.

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