Bartow, Fla. (August 8, 2018) — From Monday, August 13 through Wednesday, August 15 the Polk County Fire Department will be out at several school traffic zones across the county to help to remind drivers to slow down.   

Monday morning will mark the beginning of yet another school year, and children across Polk County will be heading to their prospective campuses. This translates to highly populated sidewalks and street crossings with scores of children making their daily journeys. To help bring awareness to drivers that school traffic zones are back in affect, members of Polk County Fire Rescue will continue the tradition of being at several of these areas, during the morning and afternoon commutes, with signs urging drivers to slow down.

Some important tips for motorists to keep in mind when driving through school crossing zones include:

• Always obey the crossing guards. 
• Be aware of the location, active times and speed of school zones along your commute.
• DO NOT speed in school zones. 
• Anticipate anything and everything.
Inattentive and excited children often dart out in front of cars without remembering to looking first.
• Avoid multi-tasking while driving.
Using cell phones, tuning radios, etc.

Remember, slow down in school zones. Save yourself the frustration of a ticket and save a child’s life!

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