Emergency responders flashing lights at drivers, reminding them school is back in session

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YUKON, Okla. -- A lot of school districts, such as Yukon and Mid-Del City, headed back to the classroom Wednesday.

Emergency responders used flashing lights to warn drivers to slow down because school is back in session.

In Del City, a safety campaign kicked off Wednesday, in the hopes that people behind the wheel will follow the school zone speed limits.

"It's the presence that makes people be more cautious when they drive," said Michael Vance.

With flashing lights and police patrols, these eye-catching reminders are here to let drivers know students are back in the classroom. It's a proactive approach that some parents are thankful for.

"You don't want any of the kids to get hurt, you don't want them to get hit, you don't want anything to happen to them, you want them to be safe," said Vance.

In 2010, the city of Del City and ODOT worked together to upgrade these school zones with flashing lights and more signage.

The goal is to reduce the number of auto pedestrian accidents and to keep kids safe.

"We see close calls all the time, so don't be distracted, pay close attention, notice those school lights flashing and slow down," said Major Brandon Pursell with the Del City Fire Department.

Major Brandon Pursell said, just off the top of his head, he recalls seven auto pedestrian accidents in the last five years. But with these additional safety features, those numbers have reduced.

For Michael Vance, dropping off his daughter, Jerrica, for her first day of high school, he just wants her to be safe as she embarks on a new milestone.

"Be mindful of where you're going, what you're doing, try to leave the cell phone alone. The whole texting and driving and being distracted while you’re driving is the big thing," said Vance.

The statewide texting and driving ban goes into effect Nov. 1.

If you’re caught speeding in a school zone, that could land you a ticket well above $200.

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