Paulding County

Georgia school district adds officers in school zones, increases safety measures for kids

PAULDING COUNTY, Ga. — Kids in Paulding County will head back to school Aug. 1 and the sheriff’s department is reminding drivers to be alert.

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Deputies with the Paulding County Sheriff’s Office will be out patrolling school zones and watching for drivers who fail to stop for school buses loading or unloading students.


Georgia law requires drivers to stop in both directions for school buses that have flashing red lights and its stop arm activated.

After stopping, drivers may proceed only after the school bus resumes motion or the flashing red lights are no longer activated.

“Drivers who are following school buses too closely are not prepared for the frequent stops made by the school bus,” Sheriff Gary Gulledge noted. “Drivers should always use extreme caution when following school buses and obey the posted speed limits in the school zones.”

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Gulledge stated that unlawfully passing a school bus carries six points on your driving record, as well as a six-month suspension of your driver’s license for drivers under the age of 21.