Students are headed back to school starting this week, and WAAY 31 learned safety is a top priority for law enforcement.
Patricia Sammon told me she used to walk her kids to Monte Sano Elementary School everyday, and called speeding drivers a concern.
"There are young kids hopping into cars excited to share about their day and they're not keeping track and shouldn't have to keep track of speeding motorists," she said.
Sammon told us she's especially worried about kids riding their bikes or walking to and from school because of speeding drivers.The Huntsville Police Department told us to expect officers the first week of school and throughout the year enforcing school zone speed limits.
"We also want motorists to pay attention to the crossing guards. Pay attention to them because they might have to stop you even though you have the right a way. A child may dart into traffic you never know," Lt. Michael Johnson with Huntsville Police.
Wednesday, Madison County school students return, and the sheriff's office plans on a deputy sitting in every school zone.
"I'm going to encourage everybody to leave early and be patient when you get to a school zone because they're going to be crowded. It's a new thing we haven't done in a couple months because we haven't done it in a couple months. Just travel safely and get where you're going in a safe manor," said Lt. Donny Shaw with the sheriff's office.
If you're caught speeding in a school zone you're facing an almost $200 ticket the first time, according to Lt. Shaw.