The Monroe County Sheriff’s Office will be out in force next week guarding the safety of children returning to school.

School Resource Officers and School Crossing Guards will return to their posts Monday at schools throughout the Keys. In addition, Sheriff’s Office Traffic Enforcement deputies will patrol school zones in the county and will be watching to make sure everyone follows the rules of the road when it comes to school buses. Road Patrol deputies will also be spending any free time they have concentrating on areas surrounding schools and school bus stops. This means they will be writing tickets to anyone not obeying the speed limits in school zones or those illegally passing school buses so keep that in mind and slow down.

Children should also remember: if you ride a bicycle to school, Florida law requires anyone under the age of 16 to wear a helmet. You may receive a $25.00 citation if you are caught riding without one. And remember, bicycles have to follow the same rules of the road as motor vehicles, so make sure you stop at stop signs, signal when you are going to turn, and if you are riding on a sidewalk, yield the right of way to pedestrians.
Anyone driving in the county next week should make an extra effort to watch out for students, who may not be paying attention to traffic in their excitement about returning to school. Be especially careful around residential neighborhoods, areas with bus stops, and around schools themselves.

TIB Bank Collecting for Kids
The Marathon Shores TIB Bank is accepting school supplies for Our Kids, a non-profit organization to help at-risk students in the Florida Keys. They will be accepting donations from August 23 to September 24 at 11401 Overseas Highway in Marathon. For more information or to find out how you can help, please call Laura Goodman at 743-7650.

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