LOGAN — With summer coming to an end and kids going back to school, law enforcement is ramping up their patrols of school zones and crosswalks. Officers will be increasing their presence around schools, not only educating motorists but interacting with students.
Corporal Bill Barber oversees the Logan City Police traffic patrol division. He said the increased enforcement is meant to remind drivers that children are back, using crosswalks in school zones.
“School just got back in, summer is kind of officially over for the kids, and we just want to make sure that motorists are aware of that too,” said Barber. “We want everybody to be safe on the roads. We don’t want any accidents. We don’t want anyone getting hurt.
“We don’t want people getting tickets either. So we want them to be aware that patrolmen and officers will be out there watching, to make sure everybody is safe.”
The speed limit inside school zones drops to 20 m.p.h. Motorists who are caught not slowing down can be ticketed and receive a fine of several hundred dollars.
Barber said for officers though, it isn’t about issuing tickets. It is more about educating drivers of the slower speeds and having the increased presence.
“It is not about money. It is about letting people know what we expect and what we want them to do on the road to be safe. It is more educational. (Drivers) think it is money driven. It’s not. It is we want people to be safe.”
While patrolling Wednesday morning along 400 North, Barber pulled over several vehicles for seatbelt violations, and others who were speeding. He explained that most motorists he spoke to, admitted they didn’t realize school was back in session.
“A couple of them have been just not seeing the school zone or thinking summer was still in effect. I don’t know how people aren’t seeing all of the flashing lights but I think people need to be more observant of the traffic signals when they are flashing. When you see flashing yellow lights, something is telling you to slow down. I just think people need to get back into the groove, school zones are open again and summer is officially over.”
In addition to patrolling the roads, officers will be visiting schools on a daily basis. They are expected to walk the halls and interact with students and faculty.
Barber said helping kids know there are police around to protect them is a big priority for officers and builds a good relationship.
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