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Lawton, Okla._If you've gotten used to driving faster through Lawton school zones this summer that's all about to change Friday. That's because Lawton Public Schools will be back in session -- which means slowing down and watching out for students in school zones.

Lawton police say safety is a shared responsibility for drivers and pedestrians, so students need to be aware too.

"Just be mindful of the fact that you need to pay very close attention to what's going on around you and expect the unexpected and that goes for the students and it goes for the drivers," said LPS Police Chief John Whittington.

Officer Whittington says eliminating distractions like talking on the phone and texting is important for drivers and students in school zones. He also warns about school bus safety. Drivers should stop when a bus' red lights are flashing.

And of course don't speed. Whittington says school zone speeding will be heavily enforced -- those tickets range anywhere from $250 to $450.

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