ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — Authorities issued a reminder to the Roanoke community about the importance of school zone driver safety after city police officers and state troopers issued more than 300 summons over the span of four days at the start of the school year.
The Roanoke Police Department says it partnered with Virginia State Police to perform targeted traffic enforcement in school zones during the first week of school. The City of Roanoke E-911 Center also provided help and support for the enforcement period.
From Tuesday, Aug. 23 — the first day of classes for Roanoke City Public Schools — through Friday, Aug. 26, police say they issued the following 303 summons:
- 174 speeding summonses
- 41 seatbelt/unrestrained child summonses
- 10 other moving violations
- 78 non-moving violations, including expired inspections, expired tags, suspended operator’s license, or no operator’s license
“Please remember to remain alert and cautious when driving in a school zone, and be conscious of your speed,” the Roanoke Police Department wrote on Facebook. “The safety of our children depends on you. Drive safe, Roanoke.”