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Law enforcement promotes school zone safety in the Treasure Valley

Posted at 4:20 PM, Aug 28, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-28 18:20:58-04

Schools have been back in session for a little over a week for most districts in the Treasure Valley, both parents and law enforcement want to remind drivers to be alert in and around school zones.

The year got off to a rocky start in Nampa with a car colliding with a school bus on the first day of school, three students were treated for minor injuries and a ticket was issued for not yielding the right of way.

"It's not the way we hoped to start the year," said Nampa Police Officer Derin Watt. "The take away from it is to be patient."

We caught up with parents at Hillsdale Elementary in Meridian, one parent witnessed a driver cruising through a crosswalk while the lights were blinking where both she and her daughter were trying to cross.

"A driver wasn’t paying attention and drove right through the crosswalk," said Ashley McCurty. "We really need to pay attention.”

In Boise one morning we watched as two officers on motorcycles waited and pulled over several motorists near Hillside Elementary on South Orchard Street.

It is that time of year when drivers need to adjust and be on the lookout for children who are also adjusting themselves to a new routine.

"We are concerned about the safety of those kids going to and from school so we need everybody's help," said Chief Deputy Tracy Basterrechea of the Meridian Police Department. "Fines in school zones can be pretty hefty."