JPD preps for back to school safety

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - With back to school just around the corner, the Jonesboro Police Department will be heavily patrolling areas near schools. Officers are prompting drivers to be aware of the speed limit signs and pay close attention to crosswalks as well as those who are unsure of where to go on the first day of school.

Sgt. Doug Formon of JPD said they will be out in force on Monday.

"We usually try to keep a really heavy presence there at least for the first couple of weeks. Making sure all the motorists are working the one-ways right and the pick-ups right. But after that throughout the school year we try to hit the schools pretty hard and heavy in the mornings and afternoons," Formon said.

Sergeant Formon also wants to remind drivers that if a school bus has flashing red lights, you have to stop.

"You can not pass that bus in any way form or fashion," Formon said. "Even you are on Highway 49 North, it's a big road, it's five lanes, it's a U.S.Highway you still have to stop for those children."

Sergeant Formon said that in Jonesboro and every town around there will be extra police presence out to ensure safety in school zones.

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