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West Fargo reminds drivers it’s back-to-school time

WEST FARGO – The city of West Fargo reminds drivers here to slow down and use extra caution as back-to-school events get underway.

School starts Aug. 25, but events are scheduled sooner, meaning increased vehicle and pedestrian traffic in the areas around schools.

The city provides the following reminders:

  • Failing to stop for a child attempting to cross a road can result in a fine of $50. Children often hesitate on the side of the road waiting for traffic to clear and may dart unexpectedly into the road attempting to cross. When approaching a crosswalk, slow down and give the pedestrian the right of way.
  • Passing a school bus when its flashing red lights are on and its stop arm is extended can result in a fine of $100. Bus drivers are instructed to provide adequate notice of their intent to stop and allow traffic to clear before extending their stop arms. The violation also carries an assessment of 6 points against your driving record. A 6-point violation is reported to your insurance company and is one-half the points necessary to suspend your driving privileges. If you are under the age of 18, your driving privileges are suspended when you accumulate 6 or more points against your driving record
  •  Speeding in a school zone carries a minimum fine of $40. Signs clearly mark the beginning and end of the school-zone areas. The city of West Fargo has also installed driver feedback boards near the elementary schools to provide drivers with a visual reference of their speed.
  • Parents unloading school-age children in the middle of the road has been a common complaint near schools. Stopping in the road to drop off a passenger carries a $20 fine. It is also extremely dangerous for the child. Each school is designed with a safe drop-off location. Drivers are encouraged to use the drop-off sites.
  • West Fargo police will have an increased number of patrol officers working in and around the schools through the first week of school. Throughout the school year, normal patrol activity directs officers to be in the area of the schools during the morning assembly and afternoon release.