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SALT LAKE CITY (KSL News Services) – The school year begins for thousands of students in Utah today which means drivers will need to slow down and watch for children crossing the street on the their way to school.
Salt Lake Police Detective Matt Evans says police officers could write tickets in every school zone everyday because of drivers not paying attention. “It’s hard enough for them just to realize that there’s flashing lights and signs and kids crossing guards and everything else. The biggest problem we have is they just don’t see that, they don’t pay attention to those issues.”
Carol Avery works for the Salt Lake Health Department and says children are hit every year while walking to school. “Twenty mile per hour signs are out and parents, not just parents but the public should be aware that kids could be out on the streets.”
Sometimes children dart out into the road to catch up with their friends so drivers need to be attentive at all times when driving through school zones and surrounding neighborhoods.
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