State troopers urge parents to be on high alert on first day of school

HAMDEN, Conn. (WTNH) — Kids are back in class and state police say drivers need to get out of summer mode.

There’s half a million kids going back to class across the state over the next couple of weeks. Many of them walking to the bus or to school.

Connecticut State Police Trooper Tyler Weerden said drivers need to get out of ‘summer mode’.

“It’s still warm out. They’re not paying attention to those school zones. The new speed limits,” said Weerden.

Trooper Weerden says 61 kids are struck by cars everyday nationally and they don’t want that happening in the state. That’s why state police say officers are upping patrols around school zones and bus stops.

Weerden said, “They see us. We’re visible. The cops are here. It’s back to school time. WE have to be cognizant of what’s going on.”

The kids we spoke with say they’re excited for the school year and the walks to school went smoothly.

“I’m excited to get back to school but I wish summer was a little bit longer,” said Spring Glen School’s Emma Nicotra.

Her classmate Joey Swan said, “The feeling of the first day of school is exciting.”

Hamden High Senior Liam Clune said, “Enjoying our last year before college. Just trying to make the best of it and having the most fun.”

Hamden parents we spoke with say besides busy Whitney Avenue so far, so good.

Hamden father, Surry Schlabs said, “Whitney Avenue is a little harrowing, but for the most part the neighborhood is slow. People are really respectful of kids.”

“We kind of avoided Whitney Avenue most of the way. So we just crossed right here,” said Hamden parent Todd Nicotra.

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