ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Albany Police have promised that there will be zero tolerance for driving violations in school zones when school opens next week.
The Albany Police Department's traffic unit wants drivers to be aware that they will be watching school zones.
"Slow down. Pay attention to the school zones. Most of the school zones in the city all have warning lights at the entrance to let the driver's know," said Albany Police Corporal Greg Gadt.
Officers want to remind drivers that those lights will be enforced starting Tuesday.
Last year Albany Police issued almost 1,600 tickets and warnings in school zones, for violations like speeding, no insurance, expired registration, no license or driving on a suspended license.
"We just want the motorist to be safe. We want the pedestrians to be safe," explained Gadt. "And the children on the way to school and of course on the way home from school."
Police said that it's been two years since a student was struck by a car in a school zone, and officers don't want to see another injured child.
"The kids are in a hurry to try to get home at the end of the day. Darting out into traffic," said Gadt. "And they are coming from between parked cars and stuff. It's something to be mindful of."
So police urge drivers to slow down, put the phones away and pay attention as school gets back in session.
Police remind drivers that Albany Municipal Court usually doubles fines for speeding violations in school zones. The idea is to protect the kids, as school gets ready to open again.