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LMPD cracking down on school zone traffic infractions after serious crash involving JCPS students

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville Metro Police say they're now on the lookout for drivers who are speeding in school zones and ignoring stop signs on parked school buses loading and unloading children. 

The move is in response to an accident last week, when three children were hit by an SUV while waiting on a sidewalk to board a JCPS bus

The Metro Police Department's Traffic Unit started Friday at a school zone on Roy Wilkins Avenue and Liberty Street.

Nevonda Salat is a teacher at Mini-Versity Child Development Center on Roy Wilkens Avenue in downtown Louisville.

Salat spends most of her day going over the lesson plan with students but also wants to educate drivers who exit the 9th Street ramp.

She says drivers are "not paying attention and they just speed right by the bus when the arm is out.... Parents leave their children here and we want to make sure that we're giving them the best care and safety is that biggest concern."

That's why Sgt. William Patterson and other officers with LMPD's traffic unit kept a close watch on drivers near the school early Friday.

"It is a shame that more people don't stop and slow down for the school buses," Patterson said. 

Patterson says police wrote 10 citations in the first 30 minutes -- at one point pulling over three drivers at the same time. 

"We had three people run the school bus right there," Patterson said. "You know, we're not hiding from 'em. We are sitting there right in the intersection." 

"Obviously, with recent events, we're trying to get back out to make people more aware of the school buses and they need to stop," Patterson said.

Police say there is a lot of misinformation when it comes to school zones and buses.

"One of the people I stopped today thought if he was just far enough left on the same side of the road, that he could keep going," said Sgt. Patterson. "I personally think that it was just an honest mistake, but he was given the right information so that hopefully it won't happen again."

Patterson says police will be setting up more traffic details watching for people driving recklessly near school buses. 

"As we saw from last week, the results of not abiding by the school bus can be very deadly," Patterson said. 

Patterson says everyone has an excuse.

"Me personally, I don't know how you miss a big yellow school bus with flashing red lights on it but that's probably the most common excuse that we are getting on why people disregard the school bus sign."

Salat is glad police are focusing on reckless drivers near her school. "It is nice that they are going to start being more focused about it."

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