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Message from the sheriff -BACK TO SCHOOL MESSAGE


The 2014-2015 school year is just around the corner. Alachua County students go back to school on Monday, August 18, 2014. The Alachua County Sheriff’s Office urges motorists, parents/guardians and children to follow the listed safety tips:

  1. Prepare to leave for school a few minutes early to avoid the rush to school.
  2. Watch out for children in school zones and streets close to schools.
  3. Pay close attention to school buses.  Remember, when a school bus stops and turns on its flashing lights and extends it signs, you must also stop unless there is an unpaved median of at least five feet, a raised median, or a physical barrier separating your vehicle from the stopped school bus.
  4. Remember to slow down through school zones.  Pay close attention to the crossing guards at those intersections. 
  5. Children should always be instructed to catch the eye and attention of the bus driver when walking in front of the school bus.

Sheriff’s deputies will be monitoring many of the school zones and associated traffic corridors during the first few weeks of school.  Citation amounts can vary from $104.00 for a non-moving citation, to $154.00 for a moving violation.  Fines start at $144.00 and can exceed $594.00 for speeding through a school zone. Citations for passing a stopped school bus can go up to $359.00. Deputies would like to remind everyone that running a red light will cost you $252.00 and that violations of the Move Over Act range from $124-$154.

By working together, we can all help make this a safe and happy school year.


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