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EPD reports more than 20 school zone violations in first week back

Published: Aug. 13, 2021 at 6:39 AM CDT
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Those heading out need to be aware of school zone violations that are already happening.

Evansville police have handed out several tickets this week to drivers who didn’t follow the rules of the road.

EPD says they’ve given out a little more than 20 violations so far this week.

That might not seem like a lot but that averages out to just more than four a day, and that’s just in the city of Evansville alone.

There could’ve been more in other parts of the Tri-State.

In Evansville, police say these violations stem from speeding in a school zone.

School zone speed limits are usually slower because children could be walking in that area.

Sgt. Anna Gray with Evansville police say they haven’t been able to pinpoint an exact location yet as to where many of these citations and warnings have been issued.

“A lot of times, drivers are traveling the same route to work, so usually by week one or two into it they realize ‘thats right, I’m going into a school zone,’” said Sgt. Gray.

Gray says they encompass several different school zones.

She says that’s because it is only the first week of school in the city. She tells 14 News it might take a few weeks of collecting data to see where most stops are happening.

To help keep kids safe, Gray said EPD has patrol cars out running radar and tracking speeds. She said they also have some patrol cars in plain view of drivers. She said the hope is that drivers remember it’s a school zone.

“Our goal isn’t to write tickets necessarily, our goal is to keep our kids safe, so if they see our police car and they slow down, that’s part of the goal,” said Gray.

If you are caught speeding, school zone violations could come with a hefty fine and a court date.

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