It was the first day of school in Bristol on Thursday and there were extra police patrols near schools after parents said some roads are notorious for speeding.
“It's needed. People don't obey the traffic laws, they don't follow the speed limit. It's a danger to the kids coming in and out of the school,” said Michelle Gillespie of Bristol.
She isn’t the only parent who noticed the potential dangers outside of her daughter’s school.
Several parents let Bristol Mayor Ken Cockayne know about the speeding and he started the crackdown.
More police officers were being deployed during the times when students are flooding the sidewalks.
“It makes me feel safer, it makes me feel my kids are safer,” Gillespie said.
“If the police are around then the other people are not going to speed around them,” said high school sophomore Giovanni Torres.
Police said the operation has already netted a few citations.
“When you drive by the parking lot, you often see one or two police cars, parked right here. I think it makes people behave a little differently,” Gillespie said.
The mayor said police will be relentless with unannounced speed enforcement areas in the coming months.
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