Bowling Green Police Step Up Enforcement Around Schools

By: Daniel Kemp Email
By: Daniel Kemp Email

It's a first day finished for kids at both Bowling Green and Warren County Schools.

School started back bright and early Tuesday morning, and some extra eyes were out watching to keep your student safe as they headed in.

Daniel Kemp talked with Bowling Green Police, who are ramping up patrols on the roads the next few days as the school year gets started.

Joan Keown has worked as a crossing guard for nearly 38 years.

"I've been off for eight weeks and I couldn't hardly wait to get back," Keown said.

Keown will tell you she loves her job, and the kids too.

But she says the number of drivers speeding through her crosswalk at Dishman-McGinnis Elementary is a problem.

"It's terrible. It's terrible through here," Keown said.

So Bowling Green Police are stepping up enforcement, keeping a watchful eye on drivers and citing those who break the law.

"Maybe during the summer, some people get out of a habit of driving safe around schools zones because there's not a lot of traffic. But we've seen vehicles that are driving way too fast this morning," said Officer Barry Pruitt, with the Bowling Green Police Dept.

Officer Pruitt says because of that you'll see more of police officers around schools as the year gets underway.

It's all in an effort to get you to look out for kids.

"We're hoping that when drivers go by the school zones and they see the officers sitting out there that they'll slow down and think about this, and make this a conscious effort throughout the school year," Officer Pruitt said.

And that's something helping keep Joan Keown and her little ones safe until next summer.

"I'm here for the safety of those children. That's my job and I'm going to do my job," Keown said.

Officer Pruitt says in all, Bowling Green Police made 19 traffic stops across town during their morning school patrols.

He says the ones stopped for speeding were going more than double the posted school zone speed limit.


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