Sheriff's Office Launches Back to School Campaign

NEWS RELEASE 20-101 - AUGUST 18, 2020
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The Sarasota County Sheriff’s Office is launching a Back to School social media campaign to help residents prepare for the start of the 2020 school year in Sarasota County.
Beginning August 24, the sheriff’s office will issue daily traffic safety tips related to school zones, school bus safety and pedestrian/bicyclist awareness. Sheriff Knight is reminding motorists that traffic safety is crucial this time of year when school zones are active. Children are walking and riding their bikes to school, using crosswalks, and getting on and off buses in neighborhoods and busy roadways. Drivers are encouraged to pay close attention and avoid distractions while on the road.
“Although school is getting a later start this year, it is so important residents get back into the swing of things now that summer is coming to an end,” said Sheriff Tom Knight. “Children might be new to the neighborhood and unfamiliar with the roads, so drivers can never allow distractions to take their eyes off what’s in front of them. The greater risk is not to your wallet but to the life and safety of a child, so slow down and pay even closer attention when driving before and after school.”
To keep up with the Back to School social media campaign, followers are encouraged to use the hashtag #SCSOBack2School2020. For more information, contact the Community Affairs Office at 941.861.4005.