Back-To-School: OPSO releases safety tips as school starts

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The new school year is only days away for thousands of families across the ArkLaMiss, and the key to safety is remembering the road rules. 

Becky Cates knows all about safety. Her 26-year-old son Colton nearly died in a motorcycle crash. 

“I was knocked out for three almost four months. It scalped me but it did not penetrate,” said C. Cates. 

Six years later, the two are spreading the message to be mindful of your surroundings. 
A lesson she shares with her school-age grandchildren.

“Wear the right gear if they are skate boarding, bicycling, skooting or whatever they are doing. But to always be aware of things and expect the unexpected,” said B. Cates.

The Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office urging the importance of safety as the first day of school nears. 

“It’s time to think about driving safely as these little kids get ready to go to school,” said Glenn Springfield. 

Before you pull into a school zone OPSO says put your phone away. If not it could lead to a fine or even worse put a child in danger.

The most important thing when you are in a school zone is the safety of those children. You don’t need to be distracted by a cellphone or anything,” said Springfield. 

“It takes two seconds to take your phone off the road and for something to happen. That could change your life or someone else’s forever,” said B. Cates. 

Speeding in school zones is also another major offense. OPSO says officers will be working to catch any violators. 

“We will along with the other police departments and state police school traffic law and school bus law,” said Springfield. 

if you have any questions regarding laws in school zones give your local police department a call. 

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