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Forum staff reports, Published August 26 2013

Police to increase traffic control around West Fargo schools

WEST FARGO – West Fargo police are planning to ramp up traffic control at each of the district’s 11 schools for the beginning of the school year.

West Fargo Assistant Chief Mike Reitan said the department will assign an officer to each school Tuesday, with additional officers available to respond to specific problem areas.

Officers assigned to the schools will be concentrating on enforcement of school zone speed limits and pedestrian safety, as well as monitoring traffic patterns to improve traffic movement.

The increased enforcement is planned through Aug. 30 and will go back to normal levels on Sept. 3.

“The traffic around the upgraded Sheyenne High School and new Liberty Middle School are an unknown for the police department and will need to be monitored closely,” Chief Arland Rasmussen said in a statement.

Rasmussen asked that parents and students plan for extra travel time during the first few days of school.