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First day of school reminder to slow down in school zones

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Schools all across the state kicked off the 2013 school year Monday morning. 

As parents, kids and busses hit the roadways this week, it's a good reminder for all drivers to slow down in school zones.  

"Its time to start watching those school zones, watching our driving, and paying attention to the kids, because there's going to be a lot of them out there, especially the younger ones, and they're going to be excited about going to school and they may not be watching for cars like they should be," said Lt. Jerome Miller with the Sioux Falls Police Department. 

Police will be out patrolling school zones all week; they'll be conducted their annual saturation patrol in school zones starting next week, beginning August 26th. 

When school is in session and children are present, the speed limit goes down to 15 miles per hour in school zones.  Tickets for speeding in school zones start at $85. 

Also keep an eye out for buses that will be picking up and dropping off kids all over town.  

"When you see the red lights on the school bus, please do not pass the school bus, you never know where the kids are going to be coming from…they'll all be excited because its the first day, so you want to ready to stop and be patient," said Kevin Hansen, Safety Director with School Bus Inc in Sioux Falls. 

School Bus Inc in Sioux Falls is still looking for 5-7 bus drivers for the 2013-2014 school year.  If you're interested, you can stop by their office on 5100 W 8th Street or give them a call at 605-334-6644.  No prior experience is needed.

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