Bay County Sheriff’s deputies are encouraging drivers to leave a little earlier on Tuesday, the first day of school for many area kids.
Sheriff’s Office Spokeswoman Ruth Corley says her department’s primary reminder for area residents is there will be a dramatic increase in traffic Tuesday morning and there will likely be delays.
“And, so parents will often times drive their children to school the first week before everything settles into a routine…maybe the kids will start riding a bus,” said Corley. “So, we do expect a big increase in the number of cars—of course school buses will also be on the road. So, we are reminding everyone to make plans to leave a little bit early to give yourself plenty of time to get to work or wherever you need to go. Realize that the first few days of school are always the most confusing. It’s sort of like control of chaos around the schools.”
Corley says while the sheriff’s office doesn’t anticipate any problems, drivers should also be aware of changes in speed limits in school zones, crossing guards stopping traffic, and never passing stopped school buses. She adds parents should also teach their kids about “stranger danger.”
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