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Police target speeding and aggressive drivers in school zones

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CHATHAM CO., GA (WTOC) -

Police across Chatham County were busy this week patrolling school zones as more than 40,000 students and employees head back to class.

Metro police wrote 44 traffic citations Thursday alone. Last year, they averaged about 3 tickets a day over the entire school year.

Parents of Southwest Elementary and Middle School students said a lot of drivers aren't slowing down or paying attention. With a busy road like Ogeechee Road—parents are hopeful drivers start following the law.

The schools are quite possibly two of the busiest in Chatham County when it comes to traffic passing by at the beginning and end of each day. A blinking sign lets drivers know the speed limit is 35 instead of the normal 45. Some parents say drivers don't slow down though.

"At least 40 or 45 and not paying attention. I'd just like for everybody to pay attention to the speed limits,” said parent Tammie Plummer.

"People flying, people running red lights, pedestrians trying to cross the road, people still running red lights,” said Courtney Moore.

Metro officers checked for speeders here Friday morning. A school board police officer had his lights on Friday afternoon. Parents we spoke with hope it slows people down.

"A lot of people really don't slow down in school zones like they should," said Thomas Guillo.

"I think it's very important for people to slow down and make sure they're watching for kids and for the cars entering and exiting the school,” said Stevie English.

Police are aggressively targeting speeding and distracted people behind the wheel. It's in an effort to keep other drivers safe, but it also keeps pedestrians safe.

"Really, it hasn't been bad traffic yet because it's only the second day, so it's good so far. Everything's looking good,” said Danyetta Willis, a parent who walks from the school with her son every day.

School system police along with officers from departments in Chatham County are teaming up to make school zones safer. While that effort is more aggressive now, police hope drivers keep this advice in mind year-round.

“They can't get an opportunity for a great education if they can't get there safely. That safety responsibility is everyone's in the community across all of Savannah-Chatham County,” said Savannah Chatham Board of Education Police Chief Terry Enoch.

The chief said, for the most part, no major problems popped up in the first two days across the county. He said that teamwork with local police departments is important when it comes to keeping these students safe.

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