Okaloosa, Crestview law enforcers offer back-to-school safety tips

back to school smith safety sign

Nadine Smith, director of the Head Start center on West Edney Avenue, receives a school zone safety sign from Crestview police Officer Sam Kimmons. Kimmons distributed the signs to schools throughout the Crestview area.

MATTHEW BROWN / News Bulletin
Published: Monday, August 19, 2013 at 07:00 PM.

CRESTVIEW — When North Okaloosa schools reopen Monday morning, the biggest hazards students face aren't math tests or being the spaz in gym class.

Area lawmen say inattentive drivers and students can cause serious harm to kids walking or bicycling to and from school or the school bus.

Active school zones

Area school zones are marked with a flashing warning light mounted on a pole. Speeding fines are as much as $451.

Crestview Police Department community policing officer Sam Kimmons said people speeding through school zones is "one of our biggest complaints."

Equally hazardous, Kimmons said, are distracted drivers in school zones.

"You'll see people texting when they come through," he said. "Sometimes I see them reading books. I've seen ladies come through putting make-up on. But the telephone is the No. 1 distraction."

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