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Austin Police Motorcycle Officers Heavily Patrolling School Zones

Updated: Monday, August 25 2014, 07:54 PM CDT
Today marks the first day back to school for the Austin Independent School District and the Austin Police Department is taking every motorcycle officer off of the highways this week. They are instead assigned to heavily patrol school zones.

It was a busy morning on South First Street near Williams Elementary School.

Six motorcycle officers aggressively enforced APD’s zero tolerance school zone violation policy.  That means citing cell phone users and speeders.

"The beginning of the school, when people aren't quite used to it yet, we're going to come out and make sure to get their attention and try to get them to slow down as quick as we can," says Sgt. Leslie Kyle
with the Austin Police Department.

Cross guards are also watching out for the kids. 

"I thank God for the guard lady. She's actually able to get these cars to stop," says AISD parent Melanie Vanhout.

Parents like Vanhout still worry about bad driving behavior.

"Some of these guys will not slow down,” she says. “Some of them tend to just speed up."

Even some of the families who live in walking distance from Williams Elementary School say that they drive instead of walking because they feel like the school zones just aren't that safe.

"It can be unsafe,” says AISD parent, Miki Spurlock. “People not paying attention.”

And that is why APD is hoping to set the tone early for the school year.

"Slow down,” warns Sgt. Kyle. “We're going to be pretty much everywhere."

By Ashley Roberts  
Austin Police Motorcycle Officers Heavily Patrolling School Zones

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