Columbia officers stepping up traffic enforcement in school zones

Monday, August 15, 2011 | 6:21 p.m. CDT

COLUMBIA — The Columbia Police Department will increase traffic enforcement in school zones on Thursday and Friday, and on August 22 and 23, as students return to the classroom.

The speed limit in the city's school zones is 20 mph, though the times of day when that limit is enforced vary from zone to zone, said Sgt. Curtis Perkins of the Columbia Police Department. Flashing lights above each sign indicate when the speed limit is active, he said.

Perkins said officers will patrol school zones throughout the year but added that the police department wants to take particular care at the beginning of the school year.

Perkins said the department is concerned that motorists may have gotten used to driving faster during the summer and wants to remind them to slow down while school is in session.

The traffic detail will be funded in part by a $12,000 grant from the Missouri Division of Highway Safety, Perkins said. The grant money will also go to patrolling high-crash areas on Interstate 70 and Stadium Boulevard.

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