BROKEN ARROW, OK -- The beginning of the school year for Broken Arrow Public Schools is Thursday, August 12th. Broken Arrow Police are reminding motorists that they should be prepared for a significant change in the driving environment on Thursday morning compared to the relatively light traffic during the summer break.
The Broken Arrow Police Department will again implement "Operation Safe Streets" in an effort to combat the traditional increase in traffic collisions after school begins.
Police will increase the number of officers that are assigned to traffic enforcement duties the first few weeks of school, in part utilizing funds from the Oklahoma Highway Safety Office. Officers say they will focus enforcement efforts during the morning and afternoon peak travel periods, with active traffic enforcement directed in area school zones and streets adjacent to Broken Arrow & Union schools.
Officers will target drivers for collision causing violations, failing to stop for school busses and school zone speed violators. Police say there will be no grace period for drivers committing violations in school zones, so drivers are warned to watch for the yellow flashing lights and twenty-five mile per hour school zone speed limit signs.
Fines for speeding in school zones begin at $164.00 and increase to more than $464.00. If you fail to stop for a school bus that is stopped with red lights flashing, you risk receiving a $244.00 citation.
Drivers are also asked to be careful to stop for children and crossing guards at posted crosswalks.