Sunny skies welcome students back to Okaloosa classes (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

Published: Tuesday, August 20, 2013 at 11:42 AM.

Police stopped several drivers who sped through school zones, community policing officer Sam Kimmons said.

"Our traffic unit was pulling them over," he said. "They were getting them one right after the other. Basically, it was people not paying attention. We get a lot of people from out of state who don't know it's a school zone."

"It takes about a week for them to get acclimated to the school zones again," crossing guard Dave Gansel said.

Gansel, who has halted traffic for crossing Bulldogs for seven years, said he was glad to see students again, many of whom paused to greet him.

"These high school kids are very polite," he said. "They say, 'Thank you' and 'Have a nice day.'"

News Bulletin staff writer Matthew Brown contributed to this story.

Contact News Bulletin Staff Writer Brian Hughes at 850-682-6524 or Follow him on Twitter @cnbBrian.

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