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Police patrolling school zones this week as classes start

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YAKIMA, Wash.-- Children will be heading back to school this week and that means police will be patrolling school zones.

Officers want to remind people to slow down in those areas as kids are walking to and from school. All school zones are marked with signs as well as flashing lights or flags.

If you're caught speeding in a school zone, you could pay a hefty fine. Police say some people simply forget to slow down out of habit.

"The summers come and people have just been driving these roads without the lights on and school hasn't been in session. Now that it's back they just kinda need to remember to pay attention," says Yakima Police Sergeant Shawn Boyle.

Police say make sure you slow down and be prepared to stop quickly. They say you should always pay attention and keep a look out as you're driving through a school zone.

Also, keep an eye out between parked cars, and make sure you always stop for school buses.