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Police to increase patrols as school begins

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BY: Scarlett Greyson

School starts Monday, August 26th for AISD students, but they are not the only ones gearing up for the semester. AISD Police are cracking down and urging drivers to be cautious on the roads and in school zones.

Chief of AISD Police, Eric Mendez, said there will be over 96,000 students heading back to school on Monday. With that in mind, he said there will be an increased number of patrol units monitoring traffic regulations.

"You can guarantee through the entire school year, we will have an increase in patrol officers around our school campuses," said Mendez.

Mendez said they will be issuing traffic violations with one thing in mind, student safety. He said drivers are prohibited from using their cell phones in any school zone area. They should slow down if school zone lights are flashing, stop when red lights on buses are flashing, and finally, he said everyone should take their time driving to work.

"If you're violating state traffic laws, if you're driving aggressively, you're going to end up being later than you wanted to be because you're going to get stopped and you're going to have a citation issued," said Mendez.

Mendez said traffic violations in school zones can result in fines up to two thousand dollars.

"If you would just take a little time, leave a little earlier, and be mindful of your traffic laws, you're going to get there on time."

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