Driving around Tuesday you may have already spotted some school buses. It's a big reminder that many students will be going back to school next week.
Peoria Public School Chief Safety Officer Demario Boone says they want drivers to slow down especially in school zones. Even though the speed limit is 30 in the city and 20 in school zones many drivers are moving much faster. Many of the district's students are walking to school. Some schools have signs posted warning drivers to slow down they also have crossing guards.
Trewyn School on Peoria's South side will for the first time have new sidewalks around the school, designated drop off areas for parents bringing their kids to class and handicap parking. The principal says with all of the infrastructure changes made over the summer she's not as worried about students being safe this year...as she has in the past.
Peoria Public Schools safety chief is warning drivers about stopping when they see the stop arm extended on a bus.
Chief Mario Boone says they're working with Peoria Police to crack down on violators.
He says bus drivers have also be instructed to copy the license plate numbers of drivers who refuse to stop when a bus is picking up or dropping off students.
For those caught the fines start at 200-dollars.