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Published August 25, 2010, 10:18 AM

Fargo Police focus on speeding in school zones

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - The opening of schools will mean an extra police presence for the next few days. Officers will be posted at every school zone in the city with their radar guns ready.

There are 23 school zones in Fargo and this is the first year officers have had a presence in every single one of them. They say there's nothing specific that sparked this change, it's just their way of making sure kids are safe.

Officers say keeping the speeds down is their number one priority this time of year. They say it's not too much to ask for drivers to slow down to 20 miles per hour in a school zone, especially since it could be a matter of life or death.

The blitz will continue thru the end of the week as kids are walking to and from school. Officers say these sorts of exercises are more about education than anything and always a good reminder for drivers.

“Yeah, people over the summer forget that those school zones are there, but we've made it very obvious with the flashing lights and the speed limit posted very well.”

If you are pulled over for speeding in a school zone, the minimum fee is 40 dollars. That's if children are present.

During the blitz, officers are also looking for people who abandon their cars in the parking lot and block traffic. To make these blitz exercises go off without a hitch, Fargo police administration are also helping out. It is part of the annual Blue Days.

Members of administration are hitting the streets and combing through school zones, trying to make sure no drivers are speeding. The blue days were scheduled along with the beginning of school because Fargo Police wanted to reach its goal of having officers in every school zone.