<p>Mary Alice Reporting:

(Wednesday, August 15th) Tuscarawas County, Ohio – Law enforcement officers are asking motorists to be conscious that vehicle and pedestrian traffic will increase near schools.

Tuscarawas County students are back in the classrooms next week and officials remind community residents to practice safety measures in school zones.

New Philadelphia Police Chief Mike Goodwin reminds drivers that the speed limit in these zones is 20 mph.

“Part of that is for the safety because a lot of the kids anymore are walking to school when the weather is nice and we just wasn’t to make sure that they get to school safely.”

He points out that, anytime in a school area, motorists should automatically slow down and pay attention.

“With technology today we see so many people that are talking or texting on their cell phones while they are driving, and of course one of the concerns is that if one of these kids would step out into a crosswalk [the driver] may miss them and have an accident and hit one of these children.”

Goodwin adds that in the winter time, certain hours are darker making it harder for motorists to see, increasing the need to be alert.

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