School zones return

Logan City Police officer Elayne Franco speaking with a driver after pulling them over.

LOGAN — School is back in session and law enforcement officers are reminding all drivers to stay alert and help keep kids safe.

The Logan City Police Department is asking motorists to slow speeds to 20 mph when driving through school zones. Drivers also should watch for flashing yellow warning lights near crosswalks and schools zones.

While patrolling a crosswalk Thursday morning, officer Elayne Franco said most drivers she pulls over aren’t paying attention.

“I get a lot, ‘I didn’t see the flashing lights,’ when they are very obvious,” said Franco.  “People say they didn’t know that school was back in session.  That’s the number one and two or they are late for work.”

Franco ticketed several motorists driving between nine to twenty-miles over the speed limit.  She said while she and other officers want to educate drivers about school zones returning, she doesn’t have a lot of tolerance when it comes to protecting kids.

“I just don’t feel that there is an excuse when there is flashing lights and a police officer in a patrol vehicle,” said Franco.  “They (drivers) need to be aware.  I understand you drive the same road every day to get to work or wherever you are going but it’s not every day these lights are flashing and there is obviously a bright yellow sign in the middle of the crosswalk, so you know.  There is also cones that the cross guards put out.  It is very obvious this is a school zone.”

Franco said officers will continue patrolling school zones Friday.  They’ll also begin patrolling around Utah State next week, when the university is back in session.

The Cache County Sheriff’s Office is also conducting a crosswalk and school zone blitz today and Friday. They remind drivers to slow down, especially during times when school buses are dropping off or picking up students at bus stops.

The standard fine for speeding in a school zone is set at $140 and increases with multiple violations.

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