Florence Police Department
Working to Keep Our Communities Safe
Effective law enforcement in today’s society not only requires innovative police practices but also the combined partnerships between area law enforcement entities, residents, and businesses, as well as elected officials and government agencies. The primary organizational goal of this concept is working cooperatively with individual citizens, groups of citizens, and both public and private organizations to identify and resolve issues which potentially affect the livability of specific neighborhoods, business areas, or the city as a whole. Under the concept of Community-based policing, the Florence Police Department recognizes the fact that police officers cannot effectively deal with such issues alone and must partner with others who share a mutual responsibility for resolving problems.
Summer break is over and school is back in session:
The City of Florence Police Department requests that all motor vehicle drivers exercise caution while driving through all school zones and whenever presented with a stopped school bus. South Carolina Code of Laws 56-5-740 requires all motor vehicle drivers to obey the direction of a uniformed school crossing guard or face a fine (of $237.00 in the city of Florence) and four (4) points against their driver’s license. Likewise, South Carolina Code of Laws 56-5-2770 indicates that any driver who unlawfully passes a stopped school bus, be subject to a fine (of $1067.00 in the city of Florence) and 6 points against their license. Remember: when traveling on any two lane road, or a four lane road in the same direction, if presented with a stopped school bus, you must always stop. The only time a driver does not have to stop for a stopped school bus is when traveling in the opposite direction on a four lane road. But, even with that being permissible, we caution all drivers to slow down and always be attentive to the actions of the children exiting a school bus.