Police step up patrols around school zones, warn drivers to slow down

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OKLAHOMA CITY - Oklahoma City police are warning drivers to slow down in school zones.

You probably haven’t been paying much attention to school zone signs over the past few months.

Even though it’s just the beginning of August, most kids in the metro are already back in class.

“Generally, drivers in Oklahoma City, in the metro, do a good job of slowing down and adhering to the laws. There’s just a few of those that decide to not follow the law and will try to speed through a school zone and put everybody at risk,” Capt. Bobby Tompkins said.

For these first few weeks of school, you can expect officers to be watching with radar guns in hand.

We tagged along with Oklahoma City officers at Cleveland Elementary Friday afternoon.

“School speeds exist for things other than just when children are present. A lot of times there’s crossing guards on the curb line, there’s buses pulling in and out,” Capt. Tompkins said.

Officers have a big job during the school year, working hundreds of school zones across the metro.

Police tell us they’ll work specific areas if someone makes a complaint.

“So if someone calls in and says, 'Our school zones, nobody’s slowing down,' or we had a crossing guard who says, 'I’m trying to stop people and they’re going past me,” Capt. Tompkins said.

Bus drivers also want folks to especially keep an eye out during these first couple weeks of school while parents, kids and bus drivers are getting their routine down.

Speeding in a school zone can get you a ticket well over $200.

Police also want to remind drivers that the new no texting and driving law goes into effect in November.

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