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Motorists are urged to use caution as school starts in Norman

Law enforcement agencies are urging motorists to use caution as school starts in Norman and area towns and cities.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: August 20, 2012 at 5:52 pm •  Published: August 21, 2012

— Norman police and Cleveland County sheriff's deputies are urging motorists to use caution as a new school year begins.

The Norman School District resumes classes Wednesday, and many schools already are in session.

Extra patrol officers and sheriff's deputies are on duty this week to enforce speed limits. School zone violations carry a fine of $200 plus court costs, Norman police Sgt. Jennifer Newell said.

Some safety reminders are as follows:

Motorists should stop in both directions when a school bus has red lights flashing, signifying students are loading or unloading.

Children are reminded to walk on sidewalks or on the shoulder or roadway edge facing traffic. Cross the street only at corners or marked crosswalks.

Bicyclists are subject to the same traffic rules as motorists, including riding with traffic on the right said of the street. All bicyclists younger than 18 must wear a helmet.

On the first day of school, parents should accompany children who walk or ride bicycles to school so they can become familiar with the route they should take.

Parents should remind children of the dangers of being approached by a stranger. Children should be warned never to go with a stranger.