Police prepare for back to school traffic in Fresno and Clovis

August 18, 2013 3:33:14 PM PDT
Thousands of students in both Clovis and Fresno Unified School Districts will walk into classrooms early Monday morning. Police say they will be ready for the huge rush of traffic and for anyone breaking the law on roads close to schools.

More than 40,000 Clovis Unified students will kick off the school year on Monday morning and the massive influx is expected to impact traffic.

"One thing people have to remember is that now school is back in session, give yourself little more time. You are not going to be able to get where you normally used to get very quickly. The speed limit drops down to 25, you need to do that," said Sgt. Jim Koch with the Clovis Police Department.

Clovis police officers are working together with staff members from the districts. They will hand out tickets to law breaking drivers near Fresno and Clovis schools.

"We don't want them using their cell phones, we want them to have their seat belts on, we will also have radar trailers in some of the more popular places where people are speeding in the area," Sgt. Koch said.

Police are reminding parents dropping of their kids to be extra careful.

"We are going to be enforcing where they drop off the kids at. If it's an unsafe place the parents could be liable for dropping off their kids in an unsafe area," Sgt. Koch said.

And police say they will even cite any student who is not paying attention to road signs.

"If there's a lot of heavy traffic, there's no cross walk, they are not in an intersection and they just dart across the street that's very dangerous," Sgt. Koch said.

Clovis police say any student who is not wearing a helmet while riding bikes will also get a citation. Police say the bottom line is pay attention because the first day of school will be an extremely busy day so be alert and leave the house earlier than usual.

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