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Officers address speeding near schools

Posted at 3:43 PM, Sep 27, 2019

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — There have been dozens of school zone speeding tickets issued these past few weeks in Lexington, so police are trying to reach out to drivers and educate them on what to look out for.

"The department has received several complaints from citizens in the school zones, who live in the area, who have children going to the schools," said Sgt. David Flannery with the Lexington Police Department.

Since September 4, Lexington Police have issued nearly 40 speeding tickets to drivers while they were in school zones. That is an average of two tickets per school day. The top areas where speeding occurred were near Dunbar High School, Liberty Elementary, and Arlington Elementary.

"Specifically at Arlington, the speed limit is 25 mph all the time, but they still have a flashing light saying that it is a school zone and that the speed is 25 mph," Flannery told LEX 18's Alex Valverde.

Sgt. Flannery said to prevent more speeding issues, the department wants to focus more on education, making sure drivers know the signs to look out for and how to plan ahead.

"If you need to leave early or if you need to leave later, whatever it might be, just plan accordingly," he said.

Traffic officers are also assigned to different schools to keep an eye on drivers and kids.