CMPD gears up for back to school traffic in Charlotte

- Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools are just days away from their first day of classes. And while the first day of classes mean that summer is over for students, it also means that traffic in the mornings and afternoons will be noticeably heavier.

Soon, more cars, buses, and pedestrians will be taking over the streets of Charlotte. With more traffic expected, the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department has put together a plan to keep students and drivers from sustaining injuries and fatalities.

In the past, the thirteen divisions of CMPD have created their own plans for dealing with school traffic and enforcing laws.

This year is a bit different: All thirteen divisions will follow one uniform plan to keep traffic flowing. They will also be enforcing laws put forth by the North Carolina Department of Transportation.

This includes citing drivers for infractions such as speeding in a school zone, passing a stopped school bus, and failing to stop at pedestrian crossings.

CMPD advises drivers to slow down and leave a few minutes earlier to account for the traffic increase. As a reminder, the speed limit is, just that: the limit. It is not a minimum speed for drivers traveling in the school zone. CMPD also urges parents to remind their children to walk in designated crosswalks and always be aware of their surroundings. 

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