The first day of school for Kanawha County, West Virginia kicked off on Monday, August 11.
As students made their way into a new school year, you couldn't help but notice cars buzzing through school speed zones.
"We have had an issue here at Pinch Elementary with drivers flying by the school in the mornings" said school principal Betty Moore. The school decided to purchase its own caution cones to help with the speeding issue, but some drivers still insist on barreling by the school.
This year the Kanawha County Sheriff's Department will be out in full force across the county to stop drivers from speeding in school zones. Patrol cars, both marked and unmarked, will be stationed around school zones during the first few days of school.
"We aren't out here to write a bunch of citations or ruin someone's morning...we just want to keep these kids safe and make sure nobody gets hurt" said Captain Sean Crosier with the Kanawha County Sheriffs Department.
The increase in patrols is a part of the statewide program called Operation Child Safe. Groups such as Kanawha County Sheriff's, Kanawha County Emergency Management, and Kanawha County Ambulance authority all take part in the event. The main goal of the program is to keep kids safe throughout the school year.
The first day of school at Pinch Elementary landed two drivers warning citations for speeding. The Kanawha County Sheriff's Department says they will continue to heavily monitor schools until Wednesday, August 13.