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THOMASVILLE, N.C. -- As the school year gets started for districts across the Triad, it's time to remind yourself to slow down in school zones. Not only to keep students safe, but because it could cost you more than $400. If you get a citation for speeding in a school zone, the Thomasville Police Department said it comes with a $436 fine.

This year, the department is getting creative to help spread the word to drivers that its officers will be watching for speeders. The department borrowed an electronic billboard from the county to put in school zones with a message reminding drivers to slow down when school starts. The department plans to put the sign out on Monday and will move it around town to different school zones until school starts on August 25.

"Helps those traveling motorists remember, you know, hey, when school comes back in session I need to be as a driver alert making sure I'm watching for the children, the stopped school buses and my speed," Sgt. John Elgin with the department's traffic unit said.

The department said the first couple of school days it will focus on educating drivers instead of punishing them. Police will also be on the look out for people not stopping when students are coming on and off school buses.

For more information on how to correctly drive near buses, click here for examples.

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