South Carolina Department of Public Safety


August 11, 2015
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COLUMBIA – The South Carolina Department of Public Safety reminds motorists that children have begun returning to school all over the state and cautions motorists to drive with extra care in and around school zones and bus routes.


“During the first few weeks of school, everyone is getting acclimated again to sharing the road, learning bus routes and carpool lines,” said SCDPS Director Leroy Smith. “We will have troopers increasing patrols around school zones and bus routes, but we need the public and parents’ help to make sure our children have a safe return back to school.”


The Highway Patrol is urging parents, guardians and teachers to talk with their children about getting on and off the bus safely as well as pedestrian safety. Parents are urged to closely supervise their children around bus stops and in school zones.


Historically, the majority of collisions around schools occur during the 7 a.m. - 8 a.m. and 3 p.m.- 4 p.m. time frames. Motorists can expect to see an increased law enforcement presence especially between 6 a.m. and 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. when children will be going to and from school.


In the coming weeks, troopers also will be visiting schools to speak with teachers and parents about keeping children safe as they return to school. Parents and schools are urged to visit the DPS web site on back to school safety that includes public service announcements, helpful safety tips and short videos that teachers can use for the classroom


Highway Patrol Col. Mike Oliver said speed, aggressive driving and safety belts are some of the primary violations that troopers will be focusing on in school zones and along bus routes.


The South Carolina Department of Public Safety includes the Highway Patrol, State Transport Police, Bureau of Protective Services, Office of Highway Safety and Justice Programs, Immigration Enforcement Unit and the South Carolina Law Enforcement Officers Hall of Fame. Our mission is to ensure public safety by protecting and serving the people of South Carolina and its visitors.
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