Back to School!
Posted on August 30, 2017 1:50 PM by The Cameron Wood Communications Team
Categories: General
A message from Officer Beth Jackson, CMPD: 
Response Area One Residents- 
Our hope is that everyone had a GREAT summer. Some of you already started the school routine this week, on Monday August 28th CMS will be starting. Please be advised traffic will be in full force and there will be kids at bus stops, more vehicles on the road (especially student drivers) and a sea of yellow buses. Please make sure you are paying attention and driving slowly through the communities and school zones.
  • Cross in crosswalks.
  • Watch for and obey crossing guards.
  • Look both ways before crossing the street.
  • Be careful crossing multiple lanes of traffic.
  • Make sure each lane of traffic is clear before you cross.
  • Pay attention. When walking, avoid distractions like cellphones.
  • Obey signs and signals. • Cross the street where you have the best view of traffic.
  • Always walk on the sidewalk; if there is no sidewalk, walk facing traffic and as far from the road as you can. ADULT AND TEEN DRIVERS
  • Know when to stop for school buses.
  • Yield to pedestrians in crosswalks.
  • Obey all posted school zone speed limits.
  • Never pass a vehicle that is stopped for pedestrians.
  • Before turning, be sure the path is clear.
  • Slow down near bus stops, schools and playgrounds.
  • No drinking and driving. • Buckle up. • Avoid distractions such as food, passengers and using mobile devices.
  • Texting while driving is illegal. Additional Safety Tips for Teen Drivers
  • Don’t speed.
  • Avoid distractions.
  • Cellphone use is illegal for drivers under 18.
  • For provisional license holders, no more than one passenger at a time. North Carolina has stiff penalties for motorists who fail to comply with school bus safety rules.
  • There is a $500 penalty for motorists who are caught passing a stopped school bus, and a fivepoint penalty on their driver license.
  • A driver who passes a stopped school bus and strikes someone will face a Class I felony and be fined a minimum of $1,000.
  • The penalty increases to a Class H felony and fine of $2,500 if someone is killed. BACK TO SCHOOLNC For more information, visit to learn more about what you can do to keep roads safe for everyone. 
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