As the school year begins, South Bend Police ask drives to take extra precautions in designated school zones.
On Tuesday, August 18, from 7:30 to 8:30 am, South Bend Police will conduct intensive enforcement in the area of 3400 South Michigan and Main Streets, near Xavier School of Excellence.
In School zones the speed limit is 25 miles per hour. Speeding or using a cellphone in a school zone can result in fines up to $150.
"We'll have police at various shcool zones working to get drives to slow down," says Captin Terry Young, commander of the South Region Partrol Division. "South Bend has roughly 30 schools traffice zones, and drives need to be cognizant and aware of children."
Crossing gaurds are also back on duty to help students cross streets safely.
All 50 states have a law making it illegal to pass a school bus that is stopped to load or unload children. Traffic in both directions are required to stop when students are entering or exiting a school bus.