School zones, school buses prompt cautious driving Thursday
BATON ROUGE - Thursday morning, school buses will join the daily grind of traffic in the city as school children head back to school in East Baton Rouge.
The city's law enforcement officers made a promise to drivers, parents and kids ahead of the start of school. Wednesday, warnings were made to drivers: they'll be ticketed for breaking traffic laws.
Baton Rouge Police said officers will be looking for people driving faster than posted school speed limits. They also reminded people that many public school buses are outfitted with cameras that send tickets through the mail when drivers ignore school bus stop signs.
"We try to get the word out, to let people know as they are traveling to work, that they leave the house early than they normally would," department spokesman, L'Jean McKneely said in an interview for WBRZ News 2 at 10:00 Wednesday. "The kids are out, and the buses are out. We're trying to get the word out as much as we can, that school is starting," he said.
A state law also allows schools to forbid cell phone use in school zones. Signs are posted at specific locations where the ban has been placed.
Students in East Feliciana and Tangipahoa Parish also return to school Thursday. Livingston and St. Helena returns Friday.
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