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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- LMPD is cracking down on drivers who speed through school zones. The Jefferson County Attorney's Office is keeping track of the numbers to prove there's a problem. Prosecutors see an average of 177 cases per month where drivers are speeding through a school zone.
Barbara Harbsmeier has been a school crossing guard in Louisville for more than 30 years. She describes the close encounter she had with a driver just last week: "Someone just kept on coming and I'm sure she wasn't aware that I was even there but you know screeching breaks upsets the children," said Harbsmeier.
"The crossing guard we have is great but I've seen here have to really get out in front of cars just to get them to follow the lights more or less kids trying to cross the street," said parent Laura Mauzy.
Last September a 17-year-old suffered life threatening injuries after being hit by a driver on Dixie Highway in front of Valley High School. Two years ago a PRP crossing guard was hit by a parent dropping off a child.
"I've also witnessed people ignoring the crossing guards trying to go around them," said parent Mildretta Martin.
LMPD Traffic Unit Commander Joe Seely said, "Our city is considered one of the top in America to live in, unfortunately we also lead the way in accidents and fatal deaths we increased 40 percent this year over last year."
If you speed and you're caught in a school Zone the fine is doubled. Violators could also receive up to six points on their license.
"Each of us knows that speed kills and that too many drivers are placing children and crossing guards at risk," said Jefferson Co. Attorney, Mike O'Connell.
LMPD says drivers should be aware that officers aren't going to be taking any excuses. Flashing lights are found surrounding all schools. Speed should be reduced to 25 miles per hour. Parents are being asked to do their part. That means going over basic traffic rules with your child and making sure you child wears some kind of reflective material whether it be on their backpack or even their shoes.