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Posted on: August 16, 2019

Important Traffic Control Notes for the Beginning of the School Year

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We have just completed the first two days of school in Coweta. During the next few weeks, traffic will be an issue and it is one that we all have to deal with. Your Coweta Police Department asks all drivers to please be patient and drive accordingly. Remember we have new parents – either with students in our school system for the first time, or moving to a new school, and we also have first time drivers taking to the road. (It's going to be okay, Moms and Dads.)

Our officers will be out in force in all the school zones to ensure traffic continues to move in an orderly fashion – but we will need everyone to pay attention in the school zones and follow any instructions an officer gives you – for their safety and yours. Officers WILL  issue a citation to any driver who shows any type of road rage towards any other driver such as running others off the road, lane changes without using turn signals, and following too closely. Be patient. It will improve as everyone gets used to the routine. We know this time of year can be very frustrating to everyone but as officers we see this every year and know it will settle out within two to three weeks. After that, we will use police presence in areas where more stringent corrections are needed.

Also: if you see a bus stopped, showing the red lights and extended stop sign – all traffic in BOTH directions must come to a stop. Failure to stop will result in a citation. This year a new law has went into effect.... any bus driver can report drivers who pass their bus when they are stopped. Most of the Coweta school buses have cameras on them to take your photo if you break this law. These photos will be turned over to us here at the  CPD and we will mail you your ticket. Please understand this is not to harass our citizens, but to protect our most important asset – our children, which we at the Coweta Police department take very seriously.

We would like to thank everyone in advance for making this a great and safe school year. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call the police department and ask for the on-duty supervisor at 918-486-2121.

Thank you, Coweta Police Chief Mike Bell

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