Pima County Sheriff highlighting back-to-school safe driving

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- With the new school year starting up, the Pima County Sheriff's Department is taking more measures to make sure kids get to and from school safely.

Deputies want to make sure drivers stop when red lights are flashing at crosswalks, and they will get closely involved to check up on offenders.

"Where our deputies participate in actually riding on the bus and looking for those violators who speed in the school zones, that don't stop in the crosswalks, and so that's basically what we're looking for," said Dep. Dawn Barkman from the Pima County Sheriff's Department.

The sheriff's department also reminds drivers the speed limit is 15 in school zones, and fines are doubled for offenders.

Additionally, drivers must not pass a stopped school bus with the stop sign extended.

Marana and Sahuarita students went back to class Monday, Sunnyside schools start Tuesday, and Amphi Wednesday.   TUSD schools have one week more of summer vacation.