Police: Zero tolerance for speeders in school zones

By Lynda Figueredo - bioemail

SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - We are a few weeks into the school year in Chatham County and Savannah-Chatham Metro police are reminding drivers there is a zero tolerance policy toward speeders in school zones. WTOC tagged along with police Sgt. Bobby Stewart as he watched to make sure drivers were paying close attention to their speeds.

"We are trying to make people aware of school zones and there is zero tolerance policy. You have to drive at speed limit or below it," Stewart said.

Police say if you are caught going even one mile over the speed limit you will be given a ticket, no exceptions, even for the school bus drivers.

The officers try to give ample warning to drivers for when they are approaching a school speed zone, flashing lights, signs and even smart sign that flashes when you are going too fast. Yet the drivers traveling near Hodge Elementary School don't seem to heed the warning

"We see a lot of drivers speeding through school. A lot of people tell us they are not aware of school zones," Stewart said. "'Didn't you see the flashing lights?' They say, 'no.' That is a big concern for us because if you are not seeing what is on the side of the road what are you seeing in front of you?"

Officers say they have heard all the excuses in the book as to why drivers are speeding. Another claimed they were speeding because their child was talking to them.

The officers are taking no chances on distracted drivers. They are enforcing the law no matter what excuse is given.

"Since we started enforcement, people are becoming more aware and they are slowing down," said Sgt. Stewart. "We can come write traffic tickets and we go for a couple days and they forget there is a school zone again."

It is contant battle with law enforcement.

The radars and lasers will remain out in various school zones each day to protect the children and get them safely to and from class each day.

The officers are also making sure drivers and their passengers are wearing their seat belts during their daily commute.

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