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Uploaded on Sep 29, 2011

School Zone Safety Initiative a Success

This year, the Fayetteville Police Department participated in a school zone safety initiative organized by the North Carolina Highway Patrol. The program brought together various law enforcement agencies from around the county for the common goal of improving safety in school zones. The initiative was a success in terms of reducing speeding in school zones and improving safety for students and school personnel. During the initiative, Officers with the Fayetteville Police Department issued citations for offenses ranging from speeding to violations of the terms of a Provisional Licenses:
• During the first 7 school days of the- 514 citations
• Second week- 213 citations
• Final Week- 40 citations
• Total citations issued by Fayetteville Police- 767

Officers say the decline in citations during the course of the initiative is a sign that the public is paying attention and slowing down. Police Officers would like to remind drivers to always obey traffic laws, especially when driving in a school zone.

Back to School- Back to School Zone Safety (8/17/2011)

The Fayetteville Police Department will be participating in a joint effort with the North Carolina Highway Patrol in a program to help reduce accidents involving teenage drivers. During the first two weeks of school, Law Enforcement Officers will be patrolling roads and streets that feed into local schools. Officers will be enforcing laws and reminding all drivers to be aware of the dangers associated with:
• Speeding
• Not using a Seat Belt
• Limited Provisional License Violation; i.e., a driver with a Level II Limited Provisional License having more than 1 passenger in the vehicle under the age of 21
• Distractions; i.e., texting while driving, cell phone usage

Agencies participating in the new safety initiative include the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Fayetteville Police Department, Hope Mills Police Department, and the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.

In addition, the penalty for speeding in a school zone will be going up this year. Anyone speeding in a school zone or on school property after August 25, 2011 will now receive a $250 fine, up from a fine of "not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00)". The fine is in addition to court costs of $141. This now means that if a driver chooses to speed in a school zone, it could wind up costing $391 in fines and fees.

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