Back to School- Back to School Zone Safety
The Fayetteville Police Department will be participating in a joint effort with the North Carolina Highway Patrol in a program to help reduce accidents involving teenage drivers. During the first two weeks of school, Law Enforcement Officers will be patrolling roads and streets that feed into local schools. Officers will be enforcing laws and reminding all drivers to be aware of the dangers associated with:
- Not using a Seat Belt
- Limited Provisional License Violation; i.e., a driver with a Level II Limited Provisional License having more than 1 passenger in the vehicle under the age of 21
- Distractions; i.e., texting while driving, cell phone usage
Agencies participating in the new safety initiative include the North Carolina Highway Patrol, Fayetteville Police Department, Hope Mills Police Department, and the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office.
In addition, the penalty for speeding in a school zone will be going up this year. Anyone speeding in a school zone or on school property after August 25, 2011 will now receive a $250 fine, up from a fine of "not less than twenty-five dollars ($25.00)". The fine is in addition to court costs of $141. This now means that if a driver chooses to speed in a school zone, it could wind up costing $391 in fines and fees.