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Back-to-school traffic safety

Published on July 28, 2022

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As the 2022-2023 school year starts Tuesday, Aug. 2, the Huntsville Police Department (HPD) is issuing a reminder about its zero-tolerance policy for speeding in a school zone. Patrol units and the Traffic Services Unit will patrol school zones throughout the year to ensure drivers are obeying the posted speed limit.

In both directions of travel, motorists are required to stop for school buses when stop signs are extended. This law applies to public roadways, private streets, school campuses and parking lots. Penalties for violating the law can include a fine, suspension of a driver’s license and community service.

Drivers should also watch out for the more than 70 public safety aides who direct traffic within the school zones. Their goal is to help students make it to and from school safely each day.

Anyone with concerns about a driver’s behavior can contact Huntsville Police at 256-722-7100. Be prepared to give a dispatcher information, including location, vehicle description and direction of travel.

The Huntsville Police Department wishes students, teachers, parents and guardians a safe and happy school year.