LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — The clock is ticking.
Wednesday is opening day for Fayette County Public Schools. As students head back to class, the city’s traffic increases, so the district is launching a campaign to encourage drivers across Lexington to drive carefully.
Signs will be popping up across the city, reminding drivers that when school is open, careful driving is more important than ever.
District officials are partnering with AAA to launch the safe driving campaign at Cassidy Elementary. The focus is on urging drivers to be alert, patient and cautious as they drive through neighborhoods, school zones and anywhere near a school bus.
More than half of Fayette County’s 42,000 students ride the bus each day. it is the law to stop for buses that have their red lights flashing to load or unload students.
Superintendent Manny Caulk suggests leaving a couple minutes early Wednesday to make sure the first day goes off without a hitch.
"Exercise patience, leave a little earlier, give yourself some time, and in everything you do please watch out and be mindful of our yellow buses," said Caulk.
Extra important is to give yourself some time Wednesday as it’s also the first move in day for the University of Kentucky.