Buses in Jones and Onslow counties were up and running bright and early Thursday morning. On the first day of school, officers reminded drivers to be mindful.
"The school buses are out. There's going to be a lot of kids out and about, walking and coming to school. Motorists need to be aware of those things that are out there," says Lt. Sean Magill with the Jacksonville Police Department. "Put the cell phones down, obey the speed limits, leave earlier than you've been doing for the last few months."
The Jacksonville Police Department says they heavily enforce the speed limit in school zones. We're told officers will patrol areas near the zones during the morning and afternoon commuting hours.
In Onslow County, one grandmother we caught up with says it's about time the kids are back in school.
"Too busy. They just didn't go back to school fast enough," says Martha Sutton. "Ya'll should have let them go back yesterday. Not today, but yesterday or two weeks before."
Patrol officers remind drivers to give school buses 100 feet of follow distance.