Extra cops staffed for back to school traffic enforcement

Posted at: 08/09/2013 7:59 AM
By: Nikki Ibarra, KOB Eyewitness News 4

As Albuquerque area students head back to school next week, the police department is reminding parents about the rules when driving near schools.

For the first two weeks of class, the streets surrounding schools will be packed, and police say they won’t be giving any warnings to drivers speeding in school zones.

APD will have extra officers out at all APS schools to make sure drivers are going 15 miles an hour.

About 150 crossing guards will be spread out at intersections near elementary schools helping little ones cross the street.

Middle schools and high schools don't have crossing guards, but APD will have extra cops on hand to make sure drivers are being smart.

For elementary schools, the speed limit is 15 mph. For middle schools, the limit is 20 mph. For high schools, it’s 25 mph.

“If you are cited for speeding in a school zone, you will be cited in to see a judge,” said Warren Kelm of APD’s traffic division.

But the speed limit isn't the only thing drivers have to remember—when school buses activate their flashing lights, state law requires drivers to stop and not move until the stop sign and flashing lights are off.

“If you don't do that and one of our officers is close by, you're looking at a $100 fine,” Kelm said.

For kids who take the bus to school, APD also offered some safety tips. They say to always face forward when riding a bus, make sure backpacks are zipped up so nothing falls out when the bus is moving and not to get up and walk around until the bus come to a stop.