Police enforce school zone speed limits as kids head back to school

NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH)– A lot of students are heading back to the classroom this week and in the days to follow. That means drivers are also having to get in “back to school” mode.

Over the last two months kids have not been in school. That means people going to and from work haven’t had to deal with a lot of school buses on the road or kids walking to and from school.

The city of New Haven is enforcing the law. Specifically when it comes to the speed limit in school zones.

“We know there are a lot of pressures on people to get to work on time,” said New Haven Mayor Toni Harp. “But our children’s lives are more important then being five or ten minutes late for work.”

Officers will be set up at schools throughout the city during the school year. Especially in areas where speeding is a problem. On Friday morning officers were pulling over people in front of the Mauro-Sheriden School right along Fountain Street.

“There’s a nice long stretch where people can build up speed so it becomes a major complaint out here,” said New Haven Police Chief Anthony Campbell.

The other issue is people who drive around school buses, even when their lights are on and the stops signs are out.

“As we start the school year we have over 300 buses on the road transporting 20,000 students in the morning and afternoon,” said William Clark with the New Haven Board of Education. “We want to remind people to be mindful of the bus and those lights.”

Keep in mind that if you do drive around a bus that has its flashing lights on you will get a ticket and the fine is $465.

 

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