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Yakima Police urging school zone safety

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YAKIMA, WA - With school being back in session several crosswalks are back to being busy. Therefore, the Yakima Police Department (YPD) reminds drivers to pay extra attention when driving in a school zone. They also recommend drivers be alert for flashing lights that indicate someone is using the cross walk.

Schools in Yakima have been in session for three weeks and YPD says they have already handed out several speeding tickets within school zones. Overall this year they have issued over 500 tickets for this exact reason.

A fine for speeding in a school zone can range anywhere from $189 or more depending on how fast the driver is going.

Another thing to keep in mind is that speeding tickets can impact insurance rates.

"Last year there was well over 800 tickets that were given to people that were speeding through school zones," said Mike Bastinelli, public information officer for YPD.

Bastinelli also says they do their best to patrol all schools but they can't be at every school at all times. Therefore, it's the driver's responsibility to follow the law and slow down.

YPD also reminds drivers of the importance of stopping when driving behind a school bus.