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Sheriff’s Dept. watching school zones

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Denton County Sheriff’s deputies will begin patrols around schools as the school year begins Monday, focusing locally in the areas around Blanton and E.P. Rayzor elementary schools and Harpool Middle School in Lantana during drop-off and pickup hours.

 “We will have marked units within the school zones of all the schools located in our jurisdiction,” said Patrol Captain Mike Caley.

“In addition, we will have our new radar display units out to act as a reminder for drivers to watch their speed. They need to be aware that the speed limits drop to 20 miles per hour when the yellow caution light is flashing.”

Deputies will also enforce the cell phone use ban in active school zones.

“Drivers usually need a period of adjustment until they get used to the fact that summer’s over and the kids are back in school,” Captain Caley said.

“Our main focus will be to ensure traffic compliance for the safety of the students, and paying complete attention to the road is probably the most important aspect of driver safety.”

School hours in the Denton ISD this year are:

Elementary Schools – 7:50 a.m. to 2:50 p.m.
Middle Schools – 8:20 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.
High Schools – 8:50 a.m. to 3:50 p.m.

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