Shreveport police crack down on speeders at school zones

School zone crackdown catches 39 speeders
Updated: Aug. 15, 2018 at 9:20 PM CDT
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(Source: KSLA News 12)
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - As Caddo Parish students get settled into the school year, drivers traveling in school zones again have to get accustomed to adhering to posted speed limits near schools.

"The guy on the other side is still going 39, 38 miles an hour," Shreveport police Sgt. Patrick McConnell said as he clocked drivers using a radar gun.

He and other officers were out Wednesday enforcing the speed limit near Southfield Road at Grover Place

"Hey, that black car that looks like a little Nissan Versa just pulled through the intersection it's going 38 ... 38," McConnell said to another officer.

As the sergeant stood in the median and clocked motorists, a description of any speeding vehicle was sent to officers parked along the sidelines.

"It has been a problem. The police officers come in the morning, sometimes they catch speeders doing 60 to 65 mph in a school zone," said Charlie Gentry, who lives near the school zone.

McConnell said some drivers only comply when signs are accompanied by a flashing light, something that is not present on the posted school zone signs near Gentry's home.

"We've asked our City Council member to put a caution light during the hours of 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. But, unfortunately, finances have been their problem."

It's a rule of the road that McConnell says will help save a life by preventing tragedies.

"Everybody can, you know, pay the ticket and it's not a problem," he observed.

"But how do you get it off your conscience when you kill a little kid? So that's the reason why we're out here today."

KSLA News 12 reached out to the councilman who represents that area to ask about the possibility of adding caution lights. KSLA News 12 has not yet heard back.

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