OPELOUSAS, La. (KLFY) – In a few days, school roads will be filled with school buses and parents trying to get their gets to school on time.
Drivers need to remember to slow down in school zones and stop for buses.
“COREY LEGER: “When school is in effect the speed limit reduces from 25 mph to 15 mph,” said Opelousas Police Department’s Corey Leger, “The law states that all traffic must stop in both directions to allow kids to get on and off the buses.”
Those who don’t follow the laws will be fined.
According to Leger first offenders can face up to $175 in fines and second offenders up to $500.
Officers will be at each school making sure kids arrive and leave safely.
“It’s a priority for us,” said Leger, “you will see an officer working different school zones most importantly to help the kids. It’s so dangerous with so many cars on the road today we have so many kids riding school buses back and forth to school a lot of people tend to rush. It’s a chance to slow them down especially when they see officers stopping these people.”
Assistant Principal at Park Vista Elementary, Hebrard Greene, feels responsible for each and every student and wants to ensure their safety.
“I feel like all 800 kids at this school are my children I want them to be safe,” said Greene, “If you save a life or you stop a child from getting hurt then the rules are worth it. So be aware of the safety rules and please abide by them.”
Kids will head back to school in St. Landry Parish on Thursday.