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Boaz police cracking down on drivers who speed in school zones

Boaz police officers say they are keeping a close eye on those speeding through school zones.

Posted: Aug 21, 2019 6:36 PM

This school year, the Boaz Police Department is cracking down on drivers who speed in school zones. We found out police are using a speed tracking trailer to get drivers to slow down.

"This morning, an officer pulled someone over right here at the school," said Coach Nick Dixon from Boaz Middle School.

Right now, Boaz police officers say they are keeping a close eye on those speeding through school zones.

"The ones we are mainly concerned about are the ones that come through here that just don't have a care in the world and they're running 45, 50 miles an hour," said Assistant Police Chief Walter Colbert.

At the beginning of the school year, the Boaz Police Department placed a speed tracking trailer in school zones. We went through the data the device collects and found on an average day, only four percent of drivers are going the speed limit in school zones.

The data shows most drivers are going 10 to 15 miles over the 15 mph speed limit during school zone hours. That may not seem that fast, but police say it could make a difference.

"If they run into one of them, even at 15 mph, it would be bad, but if you're going 15 or 20 over, it would be a lot worse," said Colbert.

Out of 189 cars travelling through the high school during school zones times last Wednesday, only 182 were actually going the speed limit. On top of speeding, Dixon said his main concern is distracted driving.

"If you stood out there and you watched, half the people would have their phone in their hand as they come by, too," said Dixon.

The speed trailer will rotate to all the Boaz City Schools. Police say it's to serve as a reminder to drivers to slow down. On an average school day, Boaz police say they issue about three speeding tickets.

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