As school starts, Cary police conduct traffic-safety campaign

From staff reportsAugust 26, 2013 

— Police are reminding drivers to slow down as a new school year begins.

The town will conduct its annual Schools In, Speeds out traffic-safety campaign through Sept. 6. Police will monitor Cary school zones at the start and end of each school day.

During one undisclosed day of the campaign, police will conduct an undercover pedestrian operation near Cary High School and Cary Elementary School. Police will watch for drivers who don’t yield to pedestrians in crosswalks and for pedestrians who don’t use crosswalks.

North Carolina law requires traffic to yield to pedestrians in marked or unmarked crosswalks. Fines range from $213-$288, according to the town.

Police are also reminding drivers to always stop behind buses that have a safety arm extended. They must also stop for buses traveling in the opposite direction on roads that don’t have a median.

Last year’s safety campaign in Cary resulted in 335 traffic stops and 204 citations, 172 of which were for speeding in school zones.

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