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Police in Bradford making sure streets safe for students

7:19 PM, Aug 20, 2013   |    comments
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BRADFORD COUNTY, Fla. -- School started Monday in Bradford County and that means kids are back on the street. Now, deputies are making sure all the kids heading to and from school are safe.

"Remember they're gonna be at the bus stop -- walking on sidewalks," said Bradford County Sheriff's Office Capt. Brad Smith.

The BCSO and Starke Police Department is having officers and deputies out by all the schools, making sure drivers slow things down.

Smith said those that don't have kids in the district could still think it's summer time.

"It's a constant concern of ours - the safety of the school kids is paramount," Smith said.

"A lot of people they don't pay attention to the speeding signs -- they just zoom on through there," said grandparent Gloria Mosley.

Mosley has a granddaughter at Starke Elementary. She told me the stepped up police is something that's desperately needed in Starke.

And that's why Captain Smith said this back to the school reminder is so important.

"We don't want to have any child get hurt over something that can be prevented," he said.

Police and deputies said they'll be out reminding people about speeding around schools for the first few weeks. After that, there's a $150 ticket for people that still don't hit the brakes. Mosley said that's a big step in the right direction.

"I think there should be a cop out there all the time really," Mosley said.

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