Speeders cause Arab Police increase patrols around school zones

Northeast Alabama
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ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) -- A new traffic situation on the roads near Arab Primary School has officers amping up patrol on the streets.

Arab Police officers are having to keep their eye on the roads around the Primary School. First, it was drivers stopping on the roads before school let out, causing a hazard. Now, it's drivers speeding down Main Street, causing a traffic jam with the after-school drivers. "That's where we're seeing a large amount of violations in speeding, going on in that area," Assistant Chief Shane Washburn says.

He says because of the drivers ignoring the school zone speed limit, drivers leaving the Primary School are having a tough time getting out onto Main Street. So, the department is putting more officers on the streets.

"We've always tried to have a presence there in school zones to slow everybody down, but it just seems like right now we're having a bit of an issue with the speeders," Assistant Chief Washburn says.

Arab Police always have officers in each school zone, but now they'll be paying extra attention to how fast drivers are going. "We'll be out in force trying to keep everybody slowed down, and everybody safe," Assistant Chief Washburn says.

The department plans to put more signs on Main Street so drivers are aware part of it is a school zone.

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