Police to crackdown on school zone speeders

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - Savannah-Chatham Metro Police warns of a zero-tolerance policy of speeding in school zones.

Police Chief Willie Lovett announced Friday that his officers will be increasing attention on school zones.

"That means we will be ticketing speeders traveling even one mile over the speed limit," Chief Lovett said in a statement. "We will have too many students in concentrated areas for anyone to be taking any chances."

School starts Monday, Aug. 30 for Savannah-Chatham County Public School System schools and others in the area already have begun.

Cracking down on speeders in school zones was a top priority in a meeting of school system executives, area police chiefs and Sheriff Al St. Lawrence this week. Lovett pledged full support from his department.

Seventeen accidents were investigated in school zones in Chatham County between Jan. 1 and the end of the previous school year in June, according to the Savannah Area Regional Information Center, which operates within the SCMPD.

No students were reported injured in those, but four children were injured in accidents during school hours in other locations during those months.

A 19-year-old was struck by a vehicle Friday near St. Andrews Academy on Wilmington Island.

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