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Chief to drivers: Be vigilant

Students will be out in force today for the first day of school. So will police, says Mitchell Chief of Public Safety Lyndon Overweg. "We'll have an increased law enforcement presence around town," he said, "and we'll be training drivers to slow ...

Students will be out in force today for the first day of school.

So will police, says Mitchell Chief of Public Safety Lyndon Overweg.

"We'll have an increased law enforcement presence around town," he said, "and we'll be training drivers to slow down."

He urged drivers to allow additional driving time to cope with expected higher traffic. Drivers should be especially vigilant near schools and watch for small children who might dart between parked cars.

Overweg spent part of Friday training nearly 20 fifth-graders at L.B. Williams Elementary School to assist with crossing guard duties at the school.

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Now that school has started, a few basic rules to remember are:

n The speed limit is 15 mph in school zones. The limits apply when students are present or when indicated by a flashing yellow signs. Fines for a violation run from $59 to $194.

n Drivers must stop for stop signs and for pedestrians in cross walks. Drivers also must red lights are flashing. Violations cost $94.

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