You simply can’t speed through a school zone, but plenty of people do so, even though school is starting again and officers are heavily patrolling those areas.
For the third straight year, Hartford police have set up shop at the intersection of Newington Avenue and New Britain Avenue, as it is a very busy area.
On Tuesday, as Hartford students went off to school, drivers paid little attention as they sped along through the 20 mph school zone. Cars, and even school bus drivers were busted for speeding through a clearly congested school zone.
“Sometimes people forget, you know they forget about the school buses, they forget about the speed limits, they are going about their day, they are not paying attention to the signs, they are not paying attention to the first day of school and they are going a little faster than they should be,” said Hartford Police Officer Michael Diana.
Some were seen traveling in excess of 50 mph in the 20 mph zone.
The special detail set up on Tuesday was made possible through a federal grant from the Department of Transportation.
Within the first two-and-a-half hours, 38 speeding tickets were issued to drivers.
One school bus driver was going 17 miles per hour over the limit.
Another school bus was warned as it idled on the side of the road and as a car began to drive by, the bus driver honked and put out its stop sign and flashers.
Police have been in the area for two straight days but they said they will be going around to other school zones so that people are obeying the speed limit throughout the school year.
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