The Fairfax County Police department is urging area drivers to be vigilant for pedestrians and bicyclists as Fairfax County Public Schools begin their school year today.
Commuters can expect to see increased traffic congestian and should build extra time into their schedules for commuting. Residents may also see police officers posted in school zones and near bus stops to help make sure pedestrians are safe and students are getting on and off the bus safely.
The police want residents to remember that when a bus has its lights and stop sign activated drivers are required to stop in both directions unless they are separated from the bus by a median.
In 2011 Fairfax County officers issued 1,364 citations for speeding in school zones, and 364 citations for improperly passing school buses and not stopping for a school bus with flashing lights. The infractions most offen occur between 6 a.m. to 8 a.m. and 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.