BOTETOURT COUNTY, Va. (WFXR) — The Botetourt County Sheriff’s Office has announced the return of its “Schools Open Campaign” for the start of the new school year next week.
Beginning Wednesday, Aug. 10, Botetourt County Public Schools will be open for the new school year meaning school zone traffic laws are back in effect.
The sheriff’s office says the “Schools Open Safety Campaign” is a part of the Be Safe Botetourt Traffic Safety Initiative that is focused on educating drivers on laws about stopped school buses, pedestrians, and speed limits in school zones.
“It is imperative that we remind motorist now, that our children will once again be headed to school as both passengers and pedestrians along our highways,” Sheriff Matt Ward said. “The safety of our children will be our top priority.”
Officials tell WFXR News that they will be posting educational information on social media in an effort to remind drivers to obey school zone laws. The posts will outline the increased penalties for school zone traffic violations and passing a stopped school bus.
The sheriff’s office says that Botetourt County school resource officers and patrol deputies will be enforcing the speed limit in school zones in a partnership with the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) beginning Wednesday, Aug. 10.
According to law enforcement, many of the Botetourt County school buses are equipped with video cameras to capture drivers who pass any school buses with activated red lights.
Authorities say they will be working with the school system and drivers of the school system to investigate and pursue anyone who violates school zone traffic laws.
Any questions may be directed to Deputy David Moyer from the Botetourt County Sheriff’s Community Resource Office at 540-928-2260.