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Police enforcing speed, caution in school zones

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There are many reminders on your daily commute and yet this idle police car has the greatest impact.

 

"I think we make a difference. The bigger part is just being here. We don't have to ticket somebody. People see us in the same school zone day after day they're going to get the message - hey, there's a police officer usually here," said traffic officer Brian Krozier.

For parents at Horace Mann elementary school having a police officer nearby provides comfort.

"You know the crossing guards are great. but there still are a lot of red light runners trying to rush off to work. It's nice to know that they're around," said mom Sarah McCarthy.
 
"Kids could walk out in between cars and not even see them. It's scary. It's something you don't want to see happen, a little kid get hit by a car. It helps us out. It makes us feel a little bit more secure about our kids," said mom Christina Mann.

Officer Krozier says a typical reaction time is 1.6 seconds. Excessive speed makes it much more difficult to react.

"This gentleman was on his way to the airport. He forgot about the school zone," said Krozier.

That sort of mental lapse can be deadly.

"It is better to be late for work than hurry on through and accidentally hit somebody. That would be horrible. You can't undo that," said McCarthy.

"The emotional toll is huge," added Krozier. "You don't want to be responsible for killing somebody and have to live with that for the rest of your life."

 

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