If you have gone to pick up your child from school this week, you have probably noticed police. Officers are out in full force reminding drivers of the school zone speed limits.
Now that schools have opened their doors for the year, police are opening their eyes, looking for anyone going too fast.
"The result of a crash, especially in a school zone, can be disastrous," Officer Bret Hamlyn said.
Officers like Hamlyn are taking part in an amped-up patrol around Sioux Falls schools for a refresher course on the law.
"A lot of them have forgotten about them, and that's the reason we try to do this right at the beginning of the school year. We give them a week or so to kind of let them get used to it," Hamlyn said.
With the enhanced effort of protecting kids walking to and from school, Hamlyn is noticing a trend with those who get pulled over.
"Quite honestly, what we find and what I find frequently is people are rushed. They're rushing to get the kids together, get them ready, get them off to school," Hamlyn said.
That rushed feeling could lead to trouble if the traffic laws are ignored.
The heightened awareness of school zone violations may have a lot to do with the 15 mile per hour speed signs, but that is not the only law of the road that is being taken care of during this week.
On a patrol Tuesday, Hamlyn pulled a driver over for parking in the middle of the road while picking someone up from school. It's not a speeding violation, but a law was broken in a school zone. It's a reminder that the laws are put in place for a reason and that reason is safety.
The heightened patrols around area schools will be taking place through Friday, August 30.
Officers feel that once a daily routine is set with parents and their kids, the school zone issues will decrease.