Police ask drivers to watch for school zones and buses

The speed limit in school zones is 20 miles per hour

WEST SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WWLP) – It’s that time of year, when kids head back to the classroom. As they go back to school, police are reminding drivers to be vigilant on the road.

“School zones are going to be enforced, school buses are going to be out there,” said West Springfield Police Chief Ronald Campurciani.

Chief Campurciani says after months of not thinking about it, drivers might not think to reduce their speed in a school zone which can cost you if you’re caught.

“The way the laws are in Massachusetts is it’s $100 for the first 10 miles over the speed limit, after that, for every mile, it’s ten dollars,” Campurciani added.

It’s even more expensive if you don’t stop for a school bus with its red lights flashing. It’s $250 for the first offense. Second offense between $500 and $1,000 dollars and it’s $1,000 to $2,000 dollars for a third offense, plus you risk losing your license.

Police say this time of year can can be tricky because not all communities go back on the same day. Which is why it’s so important to just be aware, no matter where you’re driving.

“I’m hoping that they watch out. I try to be as careful as I can and stay away from the school buses when they have their lights on watch for the stop sign coming out and the bars, kids crossing in front of them because you don’t always see them, sometimes they’re hidden,” said Chicopee’s Nicki Forest.

When school is in session, the speed limit in school zones is 20 miles per hour.

Kids in West Springfield head back to school Wednesday. Springfield went back Monday.

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