Police stepping up patrols at schools

RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) -- Being the first day of school, police across the area are stepping up patrols and showing no mercy for anyone speeding through school zones.

The kids are back with a little pep in their step. Some excited this is the first day of a new school year. Others are just trying to dodge the raindrops.

In the middle of it all are excited, and even nervous parents, and police officers making things run smoothly.

"They are making sure people are safe!" says LaVelle Madison.

He made quite a splash Tuesday, his first day as a first grader at Southampton Elementary School. His dad is glad these guys in blue are here.

"I think that's a great thing because last year there was a lot of confusion on the first day with people parking," says Lemont.

In Richmond, police officers are stepping up patrols this week. Officers will be at all the city's high schools, most middle schools, and at several elementary schools. Chesterfield police are also putting additional officers at it's school for the week. Henrico is following suit as well.

All of those officers will be making sure no one speeds through the school zones. Chesterfield officers say "no mercy" to speeders!

"It's a good thing. It cuts down on the speeders and reckless drivers going through school zones," says James Webb.

In Virginia if you are caught speeding in a school zone you may have to pay extra. Also remember, warning lights along the side of the road will be flashing before and after school.

All areas say they will continue to have patrols all throughout the school year. Hanover, too, will reportedly, will also be stepping up patrols this week.

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