Officers patrol school zones as first day of class starts in Sarasota County

SARASOTA, Fla. (WFLA) – Hundreds of students are headed back to class Monday morning, as the first day of school kicked off in Sarasota County.

As children made their way to the classroom, Sarasota Police officers posted in school zones to make sure drivers were paying attention.

“We’ve tried to notify people and as you approach the school zone, there are paintings on the road and flashing lights up ahead, so while it is easy to forget, I think once you get here you realize it is well marked and they’ve been well educated leading up to this,” Sgt. Bruce King, with Sarasota Police Department said.

Law enforcement officers want to remind drivers to watch for other vehicles, pedestrians, bicyclists, and school buses. Look for crossing guards and always drive slow through school zones. Several people were ticketed for speeding.

“They know it’s for the children, they know the importance of it and while they don’t like it, they usually thank us in the end,” Sgt. King said.

It’s an effort parents can appreciate.

“It makes us feel good of course, I mean Sarasota is a pretty safe town. So not too many worries there. But it’s good to see everyone is out stopping the cars and the kids are getting to school safe,” said Jesse Murse, who walked his son to class.

BACK TO SCHOOL: Sarasota County

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