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Traffic delays expected with new staggered school times

Madison Co. Schools will operate on staggered schedules this year. (Source: WAFF file) Madison Co. Schools will operate on staggered schedules this year. (Source: WAFF file)
MADISON COUNTY, AL (WAFF) -

People who have to drive by the larger middle or high schools in Madison County should expect delays, according to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office. 

Sergeant David Moody says the new staggered start times will mean more traffic, especially around big schools like Sparkman.

“Instead of having to get 16 buses in and out, we’ll have to get 36 in and out,” Moody said in regards to Sparkman High School.

Deputies will be patrolling the areas, but they warn drivers to avoid school zones altogether if possible.

Madison County Schools decided to switch to the new staggered start times to limit overcrowding on buses and the time students spend riding the bus to and from school each day. 

Moody said deputies will have a "zero tolerance" policy in effect for drivers who do not follow posted speed limits or other traffic laws while in school zones. Huntsville police are following a similar policy.

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