Thursday, August 16, 2012

CCSO Back To School Countdown Under Way

The Collier County Sheriff’s Office’s annual Operation Back-To-School Countdown is under way.

Look for CCSO banners and lighted marquee message boards around Collier County reminding the community that the first day of school is Monday.

Outdoor banners are at Pelican Marsh Elementary School in North Naples, Big Cypress Elementary School in Golden Gate and Shadowlawn Elementary School in East Naples.

In addition to the seven-day countdown, the lighted marquee boards carry the safety message, “Drive careful. School Starts Aug. 20.” These message boards are on Airport-Pulling Road near Pelican Marsh Elementary School in North Naples, on Davis Boulevard near County Barn Road in East Naples and at the construction corridor of Oil Well Road by Corkscrew Middle School in Golden Gate Estates.

The countdown is a way to remind motorists that our roads will soon be filled with cars and buses filled with schoolchildren, and that school speed zones will be back in operation. It’s also a way to remind school kids that they need to think about their own safety whether they’re on the bus, on the sidewalk, at school, or with friends.

Additional marquee message boards will be posted next week.

During the first week of school look for deputies in marked patrol vehicles and in unmarked vehicles with their emergency lights flashing parked at school speed zones, crossing guard intersections and other areas where large groups of students walk to and from school.