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School zones: Police stress safety this week

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Schools in northeast Iowa are back in session, and law enforcement officers are reminding people to be careful.

To avoid traffic violations and crashes, police are reminding pedestrians and drivers to pay attention in school zones.

According to the National Safety Council, all 50 states have a law making it illegal to pass a bus stopped to load or unload passengers.

The advocacy group says the area 10 feet around a school bus is where children are in the most danger of being hit.

But according to the council, riding a bus to school is 13 times safer than riding in a vehicle, and 10 times safer than walking to school.

Research by the National Safety Council shows most of the children who die in bus-related crashes are kids between the ages of  4-7 years old who are hit by the bus, or by drivers illegally passing a stopped school bus.

That's exactly why police are stepping up enforcement in school zones.

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