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Published on August 2, 2021

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As the 2021-2022 school year starts Wednesday, Aug. 4, the Huntsville Police Department 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.

“Everyone should prepare for delays when the school zones reactivate at the start of school,” said Deputy Chief Charles Brooks. “Alternate routes to avoid school zones may be affected as well with heavier traffic. Please allow yourself extra time to ensure you arrive to your destination safely and on time.”

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.

“Many students walk and bike to school,” said Officer David Broom. “We are asking parents to remind their children to always stay on the sidewalk and only use designated crosswalks to get to school.”

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.