The school buses are on the road, and the kids will be headed to the bus stops soon. It's the first day back to school for public schools in Michigan, and drivers are reminded to slow down, especially in school zones.
The main priority for Eaton County Sheriff's deputies is to get kids to and from school safely. They will have deputies out this morning with their lights on, monitoring how fast drivers are going through school zones. They say their presence alone causes drivers to slow down. A driver who hits a child getting on or off a school bus will be charged with a felony. Fines are also doubled for any violation in a school bus safety zone. State police say when you see buses flashing their lights, you must stop until the lights go off and the extended stop sign on the bus is pulled back in. We talked Lieutenant Tim Jungel about how deputies are working to keep kids safe.