Greensboro, NC-- Guilford County Schools (GCS) has officially been in session one full week as of today.
On Monday, the first day of school, the Greensboro Police Department launched 'Operation School Watch'. It is an enforcement campaign to protect students and send a strong message to motorists who speed in school zones.
The campaign involves the use of stationary and moving speed measuring instruments along with marked and unmarked vehicles. In addition, Traffic Safety Officers are stationed near school zones throughout the Gate City.
The entire effort is to enforce a zero tolerance in school zones. They are looking for drivers who commit unsafe traffic violations. Those caught will receive citations that cost money and in some cases points on your license.
Results for week one: According to an update Friday, in the first week of the operation, officers performed 104 traffic stops in school zones, wrote 80 warning tickets for varying offenses, and issued 26 citations for speeding.
"The safety of our children is our 'Job 1' at this time," said Capt. John Wolfe, Commander of the Special Operations Division."Through this campaign, we have taken the opportunity to educate the motoring public that public schools are back in session, our children are out in high numbers getting to and from school, and their safety is the responsibility of everyone." "When this campaign concludes, warnings will be the exception rather than the rule," advises Wolfe. "And the fines associated with school zone violations are costly."
How costly? Motorists can expect to pay $438 if cited for speeding in a school zone.
The campaign continues through Friday, September 7.
GPD/WFMY News 2