EDITORíS NOTE: We asked Wess Winn, community services officer and crime prevention coordinator with the Waxahachie Police Department to write a weekly column in an effort to answer many of the law enforcement-related questions posed by our readers. Hereís this weekís column.

School starts back Monday, so we need to be mindful of the school zones and the kids that are in and around the schools. †

Please pay attention to the posted speed limit in these areas, especially during the early morning and the afternoon.† Many times the lights may not be working properly in and around the school and if they are not, please contact that district. †

Most schools are busy between the hours of 7-8:30 a.m. and then again between 2:30 -4 p.m., which means you need to reduce your speed. †

A speeding citation issued in school zone cannot be dismissed by taking a driverís safety course; it stays on your record. †

I know most officers allow drivers a little lee way for driving over the speed limit, but when it comes to school zones the lee way does not apply. †

Slow down and pay attention to the kids, because they are not always watching you.

Also to remember that all school zones in the WISD have signs warning against cell phone use when the school zone is active. Active means that the lights are flashing or it is between the times posted on the school speed limit signs. †

You, as a driver cannot be texting or talking on the cell phone unless it can be done hands-free. †

This even means when you are not moving.† †

Be safe and slow down for the kids sake.

Wess Winn holds a master peace officer certification. If you have a Police Beat question for Officer Wess Winn, he may be reached by e-mail at wwinn@waxahachiepd.org or call 972-937-9940, Ext. 212. Look for your questions to be answered here in the Waxahachie Daily Light every Sunday or listen to officer Winnís show on KBEC Radio AM 1390 at 9 a.m. every Monday.