BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - School zones are in full effect across Baton Rouge starting August 6, 2015. As everyone gets back into the school year routine, law enforcement officers warn drivers it is time to slow back down.
"No excuses. Not at all. We will be in full force," said Cpl. L'Jean Mckneely with the Baton Rouge Police Department. "We will be running radar. We will be looking for violators so we want to put the word out so there shouldn't be any excuses for anyone not to know that school has started and we will be enforcing the law."
School crossing guards are out early, and motorists are urged to exercise caution around school zones and bus stops.
The speed limit is 20 mile per hour in most school zones from 6:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.
There are some charter schools, like Dalton Elementary and Crestworth Elementary, that are under state jurisdiction and their dismissal times may differ from those in the East Baton Rouge Parish school system. So be mindful that school zones may be active at times other than those listed above.
Also remember that it is against the law to pass a school bus while it is loading or unloading children, at any time, even times other than during posted school zone hours. Law enforcement will be strictly enforcing that law throughout the school year.