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Columbus police increase patrol in school zones

By Curtis McCloud -   bio | email

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - You don't want to hear that sound or see this guy in your rear-view mirror but if you are caught speeding through a school zone then you just might.

"Anything over the posted 25 miles per hour in a school zone. There is no safe speed above that," Goodrich said.

Officer Goodrich tells me that it's been a busy week for traffic violations. In particular speeding in school zones. He and Major Julius Graham both say drivers need to be mindful that school is back in session.

"We want them to slow down and pay attention to their surroundings and be mindful of our young kids that are going to school," Major Graham said.

"I've seen some people just speed on like what are they doing they know school is in and they really shouldn't be doing that," Johnson said.

Tiffany Johnson is the mother of three young boys. She has seen firsthand what happens when people speed through school zones.

"I have seen a lot of accidents happen and people have gotten hit and you know you've got kids around and that's just dangerous," Johnson said.

While we were out today Officer Goodrich clocked some drivers going 20 miles over the speed limit. Our camera caught one speeder who was pulled over for going 47 miles per hour in a 25 mile per hour school zone.

Major Graham cautions drivers to be mindful of bus drivers too. He says everyone should obey traffic signals and orders given by school buses.

"There is not set distance but it is perceived that a motorist would stop at a safe distance either to the front and rear of the school bus by their loading or unloading passengers," Graham said.

Major Graham says this increased police presence in school zones will continue throughout the year. They will keep working with the school district to make sure all students remain safe.  

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