Sheriff's department begins school traffic patrols

The first day of school is Monday, and the Denton County Sheriff’s Office will dispatch deputies to patrol the areas around schools in its jurisdiction, concentrating locally on Blanton and E.P. Rayzor elementary schools and Harpool Middle in Lantana.

“Drivers usually need a period of adjustment when the school year begins, so we conduct this operation every year to ensure traffic compliance for the safety of the students,” said Patrol Captain Mike Caley.

“As it has been in the past, our approach is to have a high visibility in all of our school zones for at least two weeks in order to gain the attention and compliance of motorists during the times the school zones are active”

Marked units will patrol within the school zones during morning drop-off and afternoon pickup hours, and radar display trailers will show drivers how fast they are going and remind them that speed limits drop to 20 miles per hour when the yellow caution light is flashing. Deputies also will enforce the cell phone use ban in active school zones.

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