Crestview police notice motorists’ increased attention in school zones

Sam Kimmons school stop

Crestview Police Officer Sam Kimmons stops traffic on State Road 85 so students can cross to Crestview High School.

BRIAN HUGHES / News Bulletin
Published: Thursday, August 21, 2014 at 05:59 PM.

CRESTVIEW — Minimal opening-week school zone traffic stops have Crestview Police officers breathing easier and hoping for safer school crossings throughout the rest of the academic year.

Crestview police reported just two stops along school routes. Meanwhile, reworked traffic patterns have relieved some of the back-ups and congestion that plagued several school zones.

“This has been awesome,” Officer Sam Kimmons said from his crossing assignment at Crestview High School. “In years past, we’ve had parents trying to turn off (State Road) 85 and blocking the intersection.”

Auxiliary Sgt. Al Humphrey, who also guards the crosswalk near Shoal River Middle and Riverside Elementary Schools, said the main problem at the high school zone is drivers who don’t pay attention to the zone’s beginning and end.

“Most drivers are OK, but we hear a few, ‘But the school zone started way back there!’ (comments)” Humphrey said. “Yes, but it’s still active up here.”

LESS BACK-UP AT ANTIOCH

At Antioch Elementary School, where more than 100 parents usually drive their children to school, traffic often backs up as far as Antioch Road, Officer Wanda Hulion said.



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