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Clarksville police urge caution after student hit by car in school zone

Posted at 4:41 PM, Nov 25, 2019
and last updated 2019-11-25 20:45:52-05

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — Clarksville police are urging drivers to be especially careful around schools after a student was hit by a car while riding his bike in a school zone.

In a separate incident, parents in another Clarksville neighborhood confronted a driver for speeding by a stopped bus.

Police spokesperson Jim Knoll says since August, they've issued 128 citations. These citations range from speeding to improper passing of a bus.

"School zones are plainly marked and there are warning lights," said Knoll. "When you're in a school zone, you're only in there for about 10 to 30 seconds. You can slow down to 20 mph."

Knoll tells us the law is simple to follow, you just have to be patient. More importantly, slowing down could save a life.

School zones are marked with lights or traffic signs, so drivers need to be alert, obey speed limits and avoid distractions. Motorists also must pay attention to school crossing guards or officers directing traffic in the school zones. Drivers must not block crosswalks and must be prepared to stop and yield to children in crosswalks. All school zones have a 20 mph speed limit unless otherwise posted.

Speeding in a school zone can result in a fine of $269 and points on your license. It also could result in reckless driving charges.

When it comes to school buses, it is illegal to pass a school bus stopped to load or unload children. Never pass on the right side of the bus, which is the loading and unloading area for children.

If you're caught breaking the law, you can get a fine up to one thousand dollars and points on your license. You could also face reckless driving charges.