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Police Buff Up Patrols In School Zones

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UPDATED: Wednesday August 21, 2013 5:36 PM

As Columbus City School students head back to school, police are targeting drivers caught ignoring school-zone speed limits.

On East Livingston Avenue near Hamilton Road, members of the Columbus police motorcycle unit spent Wednesday morning pulling over drivers who failed to obey the flashing lights.

10TV News observed police pull over nearly a half dozen drivers in 15-minutes, including one accused of going 17 mph over the school-zone speed limit.  

She told the officer she had just dropped her own kids off at school.

"A vehicle that's speeding through a school zone may take 200 feet, 300 feet depending on the speed of the vehicle, to stop,” said Sgt. Joe Curmode.

Police are also are stepping up enforcement in school zones by using photo speed vehicles.  

The cars can catch multiple speeders at once without pulling them over.

Photos of the cars are taken, and citations are sent in the mail.

If you get caught breaking the law, police say you won't get off with a warning.

They're writing tickets.  

Last year, the motorcycle unit alone wrote nearly 2,200 traffic citations in school zones.  

Police told 10TV they're also getting more complaints from school bus companies about drivers failing to stop.

"If you have any doubt about whether you should stop, stop,” said Curmode. “Air on the side of caution.”

Police say they patrol about 200 school zones in Columbus, and say this week, they’ll focus efforts on schools located along major arterial roads, including Hard Road, Livingston Avenue and West Broad Street, where drivers can pick up speed and put children at risk.

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