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New York State Law Taking Effect Friday Makes U-Turns In School Zones Illegal

Local Officials Unveiled Sign Outside Merrick Elementary School
Officials, students unveil 'no U-turn in school zone' sign outside Old Mill Road Elementary School in Merrick, Long Island, Oct. 31, 2013. (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

Officials, students unveil ‘no U-turn in school zone’ sign outside Old Mill Road Elementary School in Merrick, Long Island, Oct. 31, 2013. (credit: Sophia Hall/WCBS 880)

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MERRICK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork) – It will soon be illegal to make a U-turn in a school zone in New York State.

The new law takes effect on Friday as part of an effort to keep kids safe.

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray and State Sen. Charles Fuschillo were joined by Old Mill Road Elementary School students in Merrick, Long Island on Thursday to unveil a new sign advising drivers of the law.

“There has been a lot of close calls and we’ve heard it all over the place,” Fuschillo said. “The posting of a sign will now make them greater aware that there is a law in New York State and they can’t make U-turns. Too often we see that.”

As WCBS 880′s Sophia Hall reported, parents picking up and dropping off their children are among those making U-turns in front of the school.

Some parents are happy with the new law.

“They’ve sent home letters about safety, we speak about it at the PTA meetings. But there are just people who think the rules do not apply to them,” one mother told Hall.

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