Police strictly enforce speed in school zones

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GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – We’re about halfway through the first week of school, which means drivers are dealing with heavier traffic and slower speeds. Back to school means back to speed limits in school zones, but police tell WNCT not everyone is slowing down.

Greenville Police say they’ve increased their presence near schools this week. So far, they’ve already seen issues in school zones with speeding, distracted driving, stopping for pedestrians, and improper restraint.

This week, they’re only issuing warnings, but they start ticketing next week. GPD Sgt. Michael Montanye says they’re giving drivers this grace period to readjust.

“Everybody’s had that summer break. The school zones haven’t been active. So we don’t want to jump right into it issuing a lot of tickets. We’d rather make those positive contacts at the beginning of the school year or this week, so that going into week two and the rest of the school year, that people know that we’re not out there just to write a bunch of tickets, that we really are looking for voluntary compliance,” Sgt. Montanye said.

Sgt. Montanye says each school faces its own unique traffic issues.

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