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Police urge drivers to slow down in school zones

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MARSHFIELD (WAOW) -

As children head back to school, police are urging everyone to be more aware. Speeding in school zones could cost you.

School is back in session—and with it, lower speed limits.

"Most of those areas where children are present are going to be signed," Marshfield Police Dept. officer Travis Esser said.

In Marshfield, school zone speed limits drop from 25 to 15. But fines double, and a ticket could cost you more than $175.

"Our kids are the most important thing, they're our future," Billie Diercks of Marshfield said.

Officers are patrolling school zones around the state and they're not going anywhere.

"In the morning between 7-9, we're always present in the school zones if able to do so. And then again between 2:30-3:15," Esser said.

And officers are looking for speeders. But police aren't the only ones protecting children. Student safety patrols also hit the streets.

"To have another set of eyes on different locations around the school," Lincoln Elementary School Safety Advisor Jayne Flink said.

"The young kids, those are great to help kids get to and from," Candy Brandl of Marshfield said.

Authorities say watching out for buses is also important. Not properly stopping could cost you up to $300.

"Just scanning the general area, to always be on the lookout," Esser said.

Police and educators say being aware can help make children safer as they head back to school.

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