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Cops Warn Drivers Before 1st Day Of School

Now that students are headed back to school, it's time to brace yourself for more traffic on both the streets and the sidewalks.

Most Michigan public schools start class on Tuesday.

"It's always a bit of chaos the first time school's back in," said Sgt. Leith Curtis from the Lansing Police Department. "Your expectations of getting where you needed to in a timely fashion is greatly reduced, just because of the volume of traffic. Now you're dealing with kids crossing streets, you've got school buses slowing down, picking up kids."

Ingham County Sheriff Gene Wriggelsworth, who's also the Board President of the Lansing Area Safety Council, says the key to staying safe in the new school year, is to be patient and pay attention. He says it's especially important to make new drivers aware of that.

"The highest risk drivers in the country are first-time teenage drivers, particularly males, that this is important stuff," said Wriggelsworth. "It's life and death stuff when you drive a car, and you need to use extra caution with children walking around in the streets and so on."

He adds it's also important to slow down in school zones, because it ultimately could save a life.

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