Police, APS warn drivers to pay attention around school zones


ALBUQUERQUE, M.N. (KRQE) – Kids are back in school and that means heavier traffic around school zones every morning and afternoon.More Back-to-School News ยป

More cars are on the roads at intersections in school zones and now that the school year is underway, kids are flooding the crosswalks and drivers need to be on the lookout.

“We don’t want to see any kids get hurt, you have to slow down in the school zones for your safety and for the kids’ safety especially,” Albuquerque Police Officer Simon Drobik said.

Police say to slow down and that people breaking the law in those school zones will be caught.

“Now that school is going to be back in session, you know we’re going to have the flashing lights, the crosswalks for children, be very aware those will be enforced, strictly enforced,” Officer Drobik said.

Police say they will also keep a closer eye on problem areas.

Last school year, parents and staff at McKinley Middle School even took it upon themselves to direct traffic because drivers were speeding by, getting close to students.

Hayes Middle School parents also had a difficult time with drivers zooming past an intersection at Lomas and Tennessee.

Another problem area last school year — the intersection of Paradise and La Paz near James Monroe Middle School and Sunset View Elementary School.

“We always adjust our attack plans to complaints and if there seems to be a high volume of people speeding in a certain school zone, we’ll have our traffic unit out there or that beat officer out there writing citations for speeding in the school zone,” Officer Drobik said.

Police and Albuquerque Public Schools are asking drivers to be extra careful this school year.

“We really encourage people to not text and drive to not talk on the phone and drive, to really just pay attention,” Monica Armenta, APS Communications Director, said.

To access child pedestrian safety resources, click here.

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