Lexington Police increase patrol at school cross walks

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WKYT) - The Lexington Division of Police has stepped up its patrol around school cross walks throughout the county. Tuesday morning, Lexington Police officers were at eight different school cross walks.

They are urging motorists to take extra care and caution when driving near and in school zones. We're told the department has received a handful of complaints about drivers speeding and operating their vehicles carelessly in school zones.

"We really want to make sure drivers take this seriously," explains Lexington Police Department Public Relations Officer, Sherelle Roberts. "Just last week, we had a young kid hit by a non-attentive driver and he sustained pretty serious injuries to his leg. Last month, a very similar situation this time with a grandmother and her grandson. Luckily, in both instances no one lost their life but we can't risk that happening, this is serious. We need to make sure we keep the roads safe for the small children who at times are walking alone."

Lexington Police have outlined how the public can help:

1. Slow down and be aware. Follow speed limit guidelines and be aware of school children walking to and from school in neighborhoods; especially those surrounding schools. In addition, be sure to clear ice, frost and snow from your vehicle’s windows and mirrors; to ensure you can see where you are driving and what is going on around you. This is especially important in the early morning hours before the sun rises.

2. Obey Crossing Guards/Bus Stop Signals. The stops signs on buses, and those held by crossing guards, are to be obeyed just as traditional stop signs are.

3. Report Violators. Call police, at our non-emergency line (859) 258-3600, if you spot someone driving wrecklessely or speeding near or around school zones. Be sure to collect information about the vehicle make, model and license plate.

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