Officials say drivers should add more time to their commutes because school buses and children walking to schools add more traffic in the mornings and afternoons.
Drivers should also remember to slow down in school areas and stop for school buses when their signs are completely out and officials say they want residents to be alert as the community transitions into another school year
"We're parents too so we understand the anxiety that comes with the first day of school and trying to get the kids back," says Deputy First Class Carly Hose, Washington County Sheriff's Office. "So we want to make sure that everyone goes back to a safe environment and knows that we're out there."
"There's always an increased police presence on the first day of school and in our school zones," says Officer Tom Kelley, Hagerstown City Police. "Also as a reminder we do have speed cameras in our school zones."
Both the Washington County Sheriff's Office and Hagerstown Police Department will have increased units at schools and in school zones next week.
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