The Washington County Sheriff’s Office is reminding drivers that school is back in session this week, and asks drivers to be extra-cautious on the roads.

Members of WCSO’s Traffic Safety Team will provide enhanced patrols in and around school zones to remind drivers to expect the thousands of children crossing streets, said spokesman Sgt. Bob Ray.

“Drivers need to pay attention and watch for school-zone flashing lights and signs advising the busiest times for children to be present,” Ray said. “Drivers should be alert for school buses to stop often and unexpectedly.”

Children are “the least predictable pedestrians and the most difficult to see,” Ray added. “Take extra care to look out for children not only in school zones, but also in residential areas, playgrounds and parks.”

Every year sheriff’s deputies respond to complaints of speeding drivers in school zones, an act that doubles the presumptive fine.

For more information, contact Ray at 503-209-5613.

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