As school bells begin to ring throughout the Riverbend, the Illinois State Police is urging motorists to avoid distracted driving while in school zones. Trooper Calvin Dye Jr. tells The Big Z they have a simple and clear message.


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Dye says the speed limit in school zones is 20 m.p.h. and is in effect from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. on days that school is in session. He also reminds that there are stiff penalties for infractions committed in school zones including a $175 fine for those caught using cell phones and also the possibility of insurance costs rising if the offense is considered a moving violation.

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