Etowah Sheriff urges caution near schools


Etowah County Sheriff Jonathon Horton recently released a reminder message about back to school safety.
“Back to school time is an important event for our entire community,” Horton wrote in an email. “Students are headed back to class … back to school is a busy time for us all.”
Students across Etowah County started classes again beginning Monday, August 7. Students in the Etowah County School System started back Wednesday, August 9.
“Leading up to Wednesday, start planning your routes and adjusting your schedules accordingly,” said Horton. “Know the school zones and prepare for slowing down and stopping for school buses, protecting our future.”
Horton noted that sheriff department deputies will be present at all Etowah County schools to help enforce traffic laws and ensure safe travel to and from school.
Horton offered the following advice to motorists: leave early, anticipate delays at school zones and have patience and understanding at school zones.
“I want to thank all of you who help make our education system an integral, positive force in our community,” said Horton. “Our children are counting on us so let’s work together to make “back to school” a rewarding, fun, and safe time for all.”

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