Anyone driving in a school zone and traveling over the speed limit can expect to be pulled over by police.
Hartford students headed back to school on Tuesday, and police were out in full force cracking down on those who aren’t following the rules of the road.
“I think it's a good idea for the cops to be out here. They should do it more often not just the first day of school," said Marilyn Nieves, who has a son in third grade who walks to school.
Hartford police stopped drivers who were speeding in school zones, and they caught quite a few violators on Tuesday.
There were 34 tickets given out in just the first hour.
“People should especially pay attention to speed zones, we also have a problem with buses and with the stop sign extended,” said Officer Michael Diana. “People really need to pay attention to that to keep kids safe.”
Officers used a specific type of laser technology to help detect distance and speed. Police said most drivers didn't even realize they were speeding.
Police caught some drivers going way over the 20 miles per hour speed limit in a school zone, and some drivers were going 30 over that.
“This street in the morning is really dangerous for kids and school is in a corner where there is a lot of traffic so I'm happy they have officers and (are controlling) speed for the kids," said Angel Rodriguez.
Speeding in a school zone will cost drivers between $180 and $280. Police said they will be out all year enforcing the laws, all in an effort to keep all students safe.
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