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Published August 21, 2013, 05:00 PM

Fargo Police out in force for Blue Days

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Tomorrow marks the start of a brand new school year for a lot of families in Fargo, and police will be out in force around schools, making sure students, staff, and parents stay safe.

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Tomorrow marks the start of a brand new school year for a lot of families in Fargo, and police will be out in force around schools, making sure students, staff, and parents stay safe.

People traveling by Carl Ben Eilson and other schools around town can expect to see at least two officers at each site. It's all part of Blue Days, which starts Thursday. The so-called Blue Days are meant to remind drivers to slow down and watch for children after a long summer.

Police say the point isn't to pass out tickets, but to help people get back into school driving routine. Parents we spoke to say they give themselves extra time on the first day to avoid traffic jams, and police say it's important to remember the rules of the road.

Chuck Klabo – West Fargo: “Just safety, you know if you have so many kids running around and they aren't always looking as much as they should be. So, better be safe than sorry.”

Sergeant Ryan Dorrheim – Fargo Police: “If the red flashing lights and the stopping arm are extended, at no point should you cross or pass from behind a school bus when those are activated, the fine is $100 and it's up to 6 points off your license. If you are under 18, that could mean a loss of license.”

As part of Blue Days, administrators and non-patrol officers in the department will also be out watching school zones.

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