Extra patrols for first day of school

Posted at 1:23 PM, Aug 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-08-15 13:23:54-04

As school gets underway expect to see law enforcement keeping an eye out for speeders.

In St. Lucie County, officials say keeping kids safe these first couple of weeks is a top priority.

Police officers and St. Lucie County Sheriff’s Office deputies were parked outside every school in the district Monday morning.
They say some drivers forget they need to slow down in school zones once classes start so the patrols are there to remind them.

"When they see all the lights then it hits them that this has to be a school zone, but we're also looking for those distracted drivers that, even though we're here, they're not paying attention to anything, so we're trying to enlighten them,” said St. Lucie County Sheriff Ken Mascara.

Sheriff Ken Mascara says his deputies will be out all week mostly giving warnings. But he says they will give out tickets to anyone who goes too fast near schools.